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    #1

    present simple/continuous with lately

    What do you think about these sentences? I come across such sentences off and on.

    1) Do you know how much more time Phil spends at home lately?

    2) But lately I am seeing fewer of them.

    Is it an informal way of speaking?

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    Re: present simple/continuous with lately

    They are both informal ways of speaking. The first example is very common. The second is also common, but I would always express it as "...but lately I have been seeing fewer of them."
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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