The book is still read after three hundred years.


The book is still being read after three hundred years.

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    They are both grammatically correct, but "is still being read" sounds like someone has been continuously reading it for three hundred years! Either it is a very long book, or he is a very slow reader!
    – stangdon
    Aug 26, 2021 at 0:13
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    Does this help answer your question? ell.stackexchange.com/questions/295944/… Aug 26, 2021 at 2:58
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    I would use the second one. That is what one would generally encounter and it does not mean continuously.
    – Lambie
    Jun 27 at 15:11
  • "still read" suggests reading the whole thing; "being read" suggests parts of it (or incompletely). This is the same as other past simple/progressive differences e.g. "I read" vs "I was reading".
    – Stuart F
    Jun 27 at 15:20
  • @All Do note that 'read' is not an ordinary predicate adjective in these sentences - it is part of the present passive indicative tense regardless of whether you use the simple ("is read") or progressive ("is being read") aspect Jun 27 at 15:33

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Both are fine. But the second one adds an air of progressiveness.

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