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The title pretty much summarizes my question. For example, in the following sentence

She has developed an accent while living overseas, which as of late(ly) became more pronounced.

I usually hear people say either as of recently or as of late, and one of those is bound to be grammatically incorrect. Or is it?

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"Lately" and "as of late" are synonyms. You would not combine them in the form "as of lately". It's worth remembering that "as of late" is a formulaic construction that doesn't allow just any old adverb of time to be substituted. As of now, as of then, as of six o'clock — all these are acceptable time expressions.

As for usage, I don't like to go to the NGrams viewer, but it definitely shows that "as of lately" flatlines in comparison to "as of late".

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Nah...keep going to the NGrams viewer! I love that thing. –  T.E.D. Jun 14 '11 at 17:44
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Neither. I can find no reputable dictionary that accepts "as of late." The expression you want is "of late," meaning recently or lately.

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