Hello, dear teacher,
I haven't been able to find any detailed explanation as to the differences between these words usage (besides the basic: recently is used in affimative sentences and lately in the rest. If there are cases when they are interchangeable, which of them is closer to the present? In short, I'd like to find out all the niceties along with example sentences. Thank you.
'Lately' can be used in the affirmative, though it tends to be negative. 'Recently' can be used in the negative. To me, ' I haven't seen himlately/recently' would be the same.