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"Lately" is an adverb which is often translated as "últimamente", and "recently" is an adverb which is often translated as "recientemente". Learn more about the difference between "lately" and "recently" below.
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (general)
a. últimamente
He's coming out of work very early lately.Últimamente sale del trabajo muy pronto.
b. recientemente
Have you heard something about the robbery on the news lately?¿Has escuchado algo acerca del robo en las noticias recientemente?
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (in the immediate past)
a. recientemente
I've recently received a letter from the bank.Recientemente, he recibido una carta del banco.
b. hace poco
My mother recently saw your brother.Hace poco que mi madre vio a tu hermano.
c. recién (apocope before past participle)
Recently-graduated students can pick up their diplomas in the office.Los estudiantes recién graduados pueden recoger sus diplomas en la oficina.
d. recién
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I have recently finished studying.Recién acabo de estudiar.
2. (lately)
a. últimamente
I haven't slept well recently.Últimamente no duermo bien.
b. recientemente
Have you read any good books recently?¿Has leído algún libro bueno recientemente?
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