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    Do you read that book? / Are you reading that book?

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    How should I ask when I point at a book?

    1) Do you read that book?
    OR
    2) Are you reading that book?

    My confusion comes from the fact that we can use Present Continuous not only for an activity happening at the moment but also for an activity happening around that time.

    What is the difference then?
    Do I ask just about the habit of reading it with the first question and about the activity of reading it with the second?

    Could you please give your opinion on these questions?

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    Re: Do you read that book? / Are you reading that book?

    Quote Originally Posted by pedro8686 View Post
    Hi

    How should I ask when I point at a book?

    1) Do you read that book?
    OR
    2) Are you reading that book?

    My confusion comes from the fact that we can use Present Continuous not only for an activity happening at the moment but also for an activity happening around that time.

    What is the difference then?
    Do I ask just about the habit of reading it with the first question and about the activity of reading it with the second?

    Could you please give your opinion on these questions?

    Thanks
    Reading a book is a temporary action, so the present continuous should be used: Are you reading that book?
    'Do you read that book?' doesn't make any sense, making reading a particular book a permanent process with a person.

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    Re: Do you read that book? / Are you reading that book?

    Thanks.
    However, how about if I wanted to convey these meanings

    1) Do you read that book (generally)?
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    2) Are you reading that book (around this time)?

    I think, in this case the first sentence is possible, isn't it?

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    Re: Do you read that book? / Are you reading that book?

    Quote Originally Posted by pedro8686 View Post
    Thanks.
    However, how about if I wanted to convey these meanings

    1) Do you read that book (generally)?
    OR
    2) Are you reading that book (around this time)?

    I think, in this case the first sentence is possible, isn't it?

    Only if, as Clark has suggested, the person is reading that particular book as a life long activity.

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    Re: Do you read that book? / Are you reading that book?

    Could it be a good sentence when reading the book is someone's habit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedro8686 View Post
    Could it be a good sentence when reading the book is someone's habit?
    You might say, Do you read books?, or Do you read poetry?, or Do you read Shakespeare?

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    Re: Do you read that book? / Are you reading that book?

    Quote Originally Posted by pedro8686 View Post
    Could it be a good sentence when reading the book is someone's habit?
    If you were discussing someone's religion, for example, you could ask "Do you read the Bible/the Koran?" or whatever is the main literature of that particular religion. It would indicate that it is his/her habit to read it often.


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    Re: Do you read that book? / Are you reading that book?

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    If you were discussing someone's religion, for example, you could ask "Do you read the Bible/the Koran?" or whatever is the main literature of that particular religion. It would indicate that it is his/her habit to read it often.
    I didn't think of that. Yes, it's possible.

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