Can I use "recently" and "lately" interchangeably? Are they the same?

For example, I haven't seen Mike recently/lately.

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HI. Lately is more continuous, something that you expect to happen and often happens e.g. I have n't seen Mike lately meaning I often see Mike but have n't seen him for a while. Recently is used to describe something that happened in the recent past but does n't have the continuous nature of something happening often e.g. I saw Mike recently.

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