additional info on lately/recently


Senior Member
Hello everyone,

In one of the existing English reference books I came across the following statement: the difference between "lately" and "recently" is that
"lately" - means "over the past few days"
"recently" - may mean "over the past few months or years"

Is it true?

Thank you.
  • Renaissance man

    Senior Member
    One difference I can think of pertains to progressive versus simple aspect.
    Both can refer to a trend or a habit, but only "recently" can be used to refer to a single event.

    "Lately/recently, I've been thinking a lot about death"
    "Recently, I dreamt this sad dream about dying"

    I'm not familiar with the nuances in time periods you bring up.

    I just discovered that this issue has been brought up before, search the forums and see for yourself.
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