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    Recently in Simple Present Tense sentence

    Hi teachers,

    I've learned "recently" means "in the near past" and the word is used in simple past, present perfect, and present perfect progressive tense sentences.

    There's a comprehension question in an ESL textbook:
    "What do people enjoy doing for the vacation seasons recently?"

    Also in the passage it says:
    "Recently, overseas travel during the vacations is popular."

    Both sentences use "recently" with simple present tense.
    Would you help me understand why these sentences in the textbook (recently in simple present tense sentences) are okay.


    Confused,
    Kitty

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    Re: Recently in Simple Present Tense sentence

    "What do people enjoy doing for the vacation seasons recently?" and "Recently, overseas travel during the vacations is popular" are both examples of terrible English.

    "For the vacation seasons" is very unnatural and, in BrE, "during the vacations" is too. Both examples use the wrong tense.

    What have people started to enjoy doing for their vacations recently?
    What have people been enjoying doing on holiday/on vacation recently?
    Recently, overseas travel for a holiday/vacation has become popular.

    If that's the general standard of the English in your ESL book, I suggest you get a new book.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Recently in Simple Present Tense sentence

    'Recently he often reads books.'
    Is it acceptable to use the simple present after 'recently' here?

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    Re: Recently in Simple Present Tense sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'Recently he often reads books.'
    Is it acceptable to use the simple present after 'recently' here?
    No.

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