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I'm reading the Bible every day.

hirashin

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Hello, native English speakers,
I need your help again.
I know you can say (a), but how about (b)?
Do you ever say it? I guess (c) is OK.

(a) I read the Bible every day.
(b) I'm reading the Bible every day.
(c) I'm reading the Bible these days.

Hirashin
 

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B is valid, but it sounds like the answer to a specific question. for example...

Person A) Are you reading the Bible?
Person B) I'm reading the Bible every day.

as opposed to...

Person A) Do you read the Bible?
Person B) I read the Bible every day.
 

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The question "are you reading..." asks specifically if you are doing something within a current context or timeframe, while the second question "do you read..." refers to a more general state.
 

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Hahaha. I'm just studying English grammar. I don't read the Bible.
 

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All three of those are valid ways to say it.

C) sounds like, you did not read the Bible at all before, and you just recently began to. A) sounds like a more general statement about your daily activities. B) sounds to me like you are very intent on learning the Bible's contents.

Also, as a work of literature, whether or not you believe in it, the Bible is a very fascinating and impactful work and I would recommend reading it for its importance in history alone. It may be an interesting English-learning project, too.
 
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