[Grammar] tense

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LQZ

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Dear teacher,

I am confused about tense of how to express I am suffering or have been suffering something uncomfortable and need your confirmation to remove my confusion. Can I say:

1 I am breaking out in a cold sweat.
2 I've broken out in a cold sweat.
3 I've kept breaking out in a cold sweat.
4 I break out in a cold sweat.

Could you please tell me which one sounds natural to your native ears? Thanks.


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All of them, except #3, sound natural to me.

Thank you, Gillnetter. :)

One more question: why does #4 predict what will happen, not state my habit?
 

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Thank you, Gillnetter. :)

One more question: why does #4 predict what will happen, not state my habit?

I wouldn't say it refers to the future either. It's the present simple. It would suggest a habit more if it actually said "I always break out in a cold sweat when I..."
 

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Thanks. emsr2d2.:-D
 
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