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To read this book was my dream.

Reading this book was my dream.

What is the difference between using “To read” and “Reading”?

When I have to use any of them? When they can not be interchangeable?

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Reading this book was my dream.

"Reading" refers to an action that was/is actually happening, or that the speaker is positive enough about that being true.

To read this book was my dream.

"To read" refers to an action that was/is not actually happening, or could not/may/might/should/would (but didn't) happen.

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