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Yoon Ha Lee wrote:
> I'm still not quite sure how "hon o yonde imasu"
>   is different from "hon o yomimasu" (?)--is the former progressive and the
> other plain present, or something like that?  I'll have to check my
> grammar sometime.

As I understand it, hon o yondeimasu emphasizes that the reading is
going on at the present time.  Hon o yomimasu could be habitual or
future, but hon o yondemasu can only be present.

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