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-eva
Spain

help wanted
 
Is this possible?
I ´ve been to Egypt lately. My teacher ´s book key says it isn ´t. What do you think? Is it maybe because lately shows a continuous aspect? That ´s the only reason that springs to mind.
thanks a lot in advance

17 Nov 2009      



RabbitWho
Czech Republic

Yeah you ´re right. 

I ´ve been going to Egypt a lot lately. 
I ´ve been to Egypt recently. 

Lately is for things going on "in this time" since the recent past.  

17 Nov 2009     



alien boy
Japan

Interestingly, all the formal definitions of ´lately ´ I ´ve seen list ´recently ´ as a synonym...

so (even according to Swann ´s ´Practical English Usage ´) they are virtually interchangeable!

Which textbook are you using? Is it based on Standard American or Standard British English?

to quote from Swann directly:

The adverb late has a similar meaning to the adjective late; lately means ´recently ´. Compare:
I hate arriving late. I haven ´t been to the theatre much lately.

5 time expressions: recently, lately, this week,
We often use the present perfect progressive with words that refer to a period of time continuing up to now, like recently, lately, this week, since January, for the last three days.
  The firm has been losing money recently.
  John ´s been walking in Scotland all this week.
  I ´ve been doing a new job since January.
  It ´s been raining for the last three days.

I ´d read ´I ´ve been to Egypt lately ´ as being a grammatically possible but not commonly used expression in English.

More when I get up in the morning (maybe)
Regards,
AB

17 Nov 2009