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  1. aliaa
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    lately or recently

    Hi there
    I'd like to know the deference between lately & recentlywhich one I have to choose with this sentence:
    I haven't seen him................

    a. lately b. recently

    this question was in grade 12 = third secondary in Egypt two years ago.

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    Re: lately or recently

    'recently' has two meanings:

    1. with "I saw" (simple past) it means "a short time ago".
    2. with "I have seen" (present perfect) it means the same as "lately".

    'lately' is primarily used with the present perfect, whereas 'recently' is use with both the simple past and the present perfect. Given the choice in,

    EX: I haven't seen him _______ . (present perfect)

    I'd use 'lately'. It goes with have seen.

  3. aliaa
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    Re: lately or recently

    I really appreciate your help
    thanks a lot

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    Re: lately or recently

    You're welcome.

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