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Reply Wed 5 Aug, 2015 10:39 pm
1. The book is easy reading.
2. It is easy reading the book.

Are the sentences 1 and 2 correct? If both are correct, do they express the same meaning?

Thanks in advance.
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Reply Wed 5 Aug, 2015 11:45 pm
@Nousher Ahmed,
Nousher Ahmed wrote:

1. The book is easy reading.
2. It is easy reading the book.

Are the sentences 1 and 2 correct? If both are correct, do they express the same meaning?

Thanks in advance.


Both are correct, but the first one is a bit nuanced. "easy reading" is a noun phrase, adjective + gerund.

"We had a rough outing in the game yesterday." (We didn't do well in the game.)

The second would sound more fluent if you said, "It is easy to read the book."
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