What's the difference between recently and lately
Although "lately" and "recently" are nearly synonyms, they are different in way they are used.
If an action is habitual or repetitive, either word is fine; in that case, "lately" and "recently" can be used interchangeably:
"Crimes against grammar have decreased by 32% lately/recently."
"Lately/Recently, there has been a spike in people's interest in the Oxford comma."
But for unique actions orevents, use "recently" instead of "lately" (The latter sounds awkward).
"My cousin had a baby recently." (Right)
"My cousin had a baby lately." (Wrong)
RECENTLY : during the period of time that has just passed : not long ago
LATELY : in the recent period of time
When used with pr. perfect, the difference is mainly structural. While they can both be positioned at the beginning or end of a sentence, only "recently" can split the verb (i.e. "have recently taken").
When it comes to s. past, as there is the slight difference in meaning, "recently" sounds natural, while "lately" doesn't.