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    #1

    the recent events

    Which are correct:
    1) We believe he has something to do with the events lately.
    2) We believe he has something to do with the events recently.
    3) We believe he has something to do with the recent events.

    They are all supposed to mean the same thing. In '1' and '2', 'lately' and 'recently' both modify 'the events'.

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    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: the recent events

    I would go for #3. I do not see how an adverb could modify a noun.

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    #3

    Re: the recent events

    I think the simple present 'has' does not agree with 'recently' and 'lately', both of which refer to the recent past, but I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: the recent events

    Thank you very much Matthew,

    That is a good point.

    1) We believe he had something to do with the events lately.
    2) We believe he had something to do with the events recently.
    3) We believe he had something to do with the recent events.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #5

    Re: the recent events

    #3 is the only natural one.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #6

    Re: the recent events

    I think 'the events' in #1 and #2 could be those that have been going on for a period of time instead of those that have happened recently, but I am not a teacher.

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