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    recently and lately

    Is there any difference between these two adverbs?

    I haven't seen him recently.
    I haven't seen him lately.

    I've been to the theatre recently.
    I've been to the theatre lately.

    Maybe there are contexts when they are different in meaning?

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    Re: recently and lately

    The words are synonyms so they mean the same thing.
    From my own understanding, it seems that "recently" might refer to the immediate past (hours, days, a week) and "lately" refers to longer periods of time (weeks, months).


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