Is sweating a gerund or adjective + -ing in this context:

we would certainly be sweating if we went on a round-trip journey of 32 KM by bicycle.

I think sweating is not gerund as subject,gerund as complement nor gerund as object.

And according this artice https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/grammar-reference/adjectives-ending-ed-and-ing:

Adjectives that end ‘-ing’ describe the thing that causes the emotion – a boring lesson makes you feel bored.

As far as i know sweating is not a emotion too. I'm confused.

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No, sweating here is a present participle, used with auxiliary be to form the progressive aspect. It is neither a gerund nor an adjective.

The verb sweat here is used in its most basic meaning, "to produce liquid on the surface of your skin when you are hot, nervous, or sick" (Macmillan dictionary). In this case, the speaker would be sweating due to physical exertion.

This sentence doesn't talk about emotion.

  • Just like "She went shopping" ?
    – mockie
    Commented Sep 15, 2014 at 3:00
  • Ahhh I found it, It's future progresive tense, isn't it @snailboat ?
    – mockie
    Commented Sep 15, 2014 at 3:22

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