What's the difference between "recently" and "lately"?
Excellent question. While "lately" and "recently" are both adverbs with similar meanings, there is a difference between the two. "Lately" is used when talking about a repetitive event in the past, or to a single event, only when you are saying that it did not happen in the near past. It is used in the perfect tense. Ex: I have been working out lately. Here, it shows that working out is repetitive or a habit. Ex: I haven't gone to school lately. Here going to school is a single event that has not happened in the recent past. "Recently", on the other hand is used to show that an event happened in the near past, that isn't repetitive or isn't a habit. It usually occurs with the simple tense. "Recently" can refer to a single event or events in the near past. Ex: I went to the gym recently. Here going to the gym is a one time action that happened. There is no implied habit.
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