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    #1

    lately/recently

    hi,

    Who could explain me the difference in meaning between these 2 words?
    Please argue your answers with examples.

    Best wishes!

    m


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    #2

    Re: lately/recently

    My teachers told me once that lately suggests recent days or weeks while recently suggests recent months or years. I am not sure whether this is true or not, though :)

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    #3

    Re: lately/recently

    hi,

    Thank you Morpheus for having shared your opinion. I would like to hear a teacher's opinion too.

    For instance:

    I have been learning English lately/recently.
    I am reading a book lately/recently.


    Are these sentences correct? Please tell me the difference between these two words: lately & recently.

    Thank you beforehand,

    m


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    #4

    Re: lately/recently

    Hi,
    I used to understand it the way Morpeus' teachers said, but tdol assured me they are the same. Don't forget, though, lately is mostly used in the interrogative and negative.
    There has been a thread on the subject.
    Rgs

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    #5

    Re: lately/recently

    I'm still puzzeled with this topic

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    #6

    Re: lately/recently

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad-ox View Post
    I'm still puzzeled with this topic
    These words are so close in meaning, it is difficult to come up with a reliable rule for differences. Certainly, the rule about length of time is incorrect. One cannot quantify time periods in which one is used more often than the other. One difference that comes to my mind (at least in my idiolect) has to do with singular actions versus continuing/repeated actions.

    Recently, I met a woman who was a single mother. ( I would not use lately there -- one event).

    Lately, I have been meeting a lot of single mothers. (I would not use recently there -- recurrent event).

    Whether this distinction is valid for other speakers, I don't know.
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 12-Nov-2006 at 06:09.

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    #7

    Re: lately/recently

    I stand by MikeNewYork´s explanation!

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    #8

    Re: lately/recently

    Quote Originally Posted by Avalon View Post
    I stand by MikeNewYork´s explanation!
    Thank you, Avalon.

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