I am currently taking linguistics and am required to tutor a student based on errors within a writing sample she has provided me. Currently, I am developing activities for determining when to use recently vs. lately but upon writing sentences myself I realize as a native speaker I can choose what sounds better to me but i can't put into words why one is the better choice. Any advice?

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    What makes you believe there is anything more than a stylistic difference? This seems to be nothing more than personal preference. – Yeshe Apr 18 '17 at 16:14
  • my student wrote "one study I read lately states that..." the clear word choice here would be "one study I read recently states that..." just trying to come up with he words that explain the word choice error. – TESOLMari Apr 18 '17 at 21:21

Lately is used to describe a repetitive event in the past which hasn't occurred in near past.

I haven't played cricked lately.

Recently is used to denote occurrence of an event in the near past.

I went to the workshop recently.

For more elaborate answer, please refer Difference between "recently" and "lately"

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