why it's grammatically incorrect to use this sentence

“I am feeling vomiting"

I know this sentence is wrong but i don't the reason.

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    In US English (not so much in UK English), you could use adjectival / adverbial vomitous here. Most Brits would duck the issue and say sick (even nauseous = liable to vomit strikes me as primarily a US usage). Jul 23, 2019 at 15:51
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    @FumbleFingers I thought "vomitous" refers to something that makes you want to vomit? Synonymous with "nauseating".
    – Andrew
    Jul 23, 2019 at 17:04
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    I'm with Andrew; MW defines vomitous circularly as something vomitive. I tend to say I feel queasy to avoid getting into arguments about the distinction between nauseous (causing nausea) and nauseated (feeling nausea). Sick is also used in AmE, with sufficient context of course: sick from the mayonnaise is different from sick from being out in the rain, leading to peculiar statements like the cancer treatment was going well, except the medication made her sick.
    – choster
    Jul 23, 2019 at 23:04
  • @Andrew, choster: Checking the full OED, I see you guys are quite right. Their definition (repugnant, loathsome, nauseating) obviously leans more towards the "figurative" sense. But they also say it's a US usage, which is my excuse for why I didn't know about that fine point. Jul 24, 2019 at 12:54
  • @FumbleFingers I can't recall seeing it any other way than nauseating eg "A vomitous meal of black pudding, kidney pie, and haggis. " :)
    – Andrew
    Jul 24, 2019 at 17:45

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"Vomiting" is an action verb. Consider the words walking or running or flying. You also cannot say "I am feeling walking."

To say you feel something requires a word that indicates something you can feel. You might say "I feel like I am going to vomit." Or you might say "I am feeling like I need to vomit." Or you might say "I feel like I did yesterday just after vomiting." (Or just before, possibly.)

Or you could use various related words. "I am feeling nauseated." This means you are feeling that your stomach is upset and that you might vomit.

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