From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishlatelylate‧ly /ˈleɪtli/ ●●●S2 adverb 🔊 🔊 RECENTLYrecently 🔊 What have you been doing lately? 🔊 Lately, I’ve had trouble sleeping.► see thesaurus at recentlyGRAMMAR: Choosing the right tenseLately is usually used with perfect tenses (for example ‘I have been’), not with the simple past (for example ‘I was’). You say: I’ve been very busy lately.✗Don’t say: I was very busy lately.
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lately• I've been really tiredlately.• I don't know what's come over Angela lately -- she's so moody.• I've been really busylately, so I haven't been out much.• The company went through a bad time last year, but lately things have been improving.