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Volcano
Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 8:50:04 AM
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Scientists and various organizations are ---- working to develop vaccines for the top three killer diseases: AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

A) socially
B) suddenly
C) recently
D) currently
E) nearly


recently:
adverb not long ago, newly, lately, currently, freshly, of late, latterly

I wonder why the key is D, why not C?
RuthP
Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 9:49:27 AM

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It is not "recently," because that would indicate something which happened and was completed: I had a vacation recently. They recently published their paper.

The research is ongoing, so it is current (now and potentially into the future) as opposed to in the recent past.
MarySM
Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 11:12:59 AM
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Ruth explained it perfectly.
krmiller
Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 9:57:52 PM
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Volcano wrote:
recently:
adverb not long ago, newly, lately, currently, freshly, of late, latterly


What dictionary (or is it a thesaurus?) are you using? I would stop using it! It is just as RuthP explained. The two words cannot be interchanged. The word "recently" would have to be used with a verb in the past tense, while that sentence is in the present tense.
Volcano
Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 7:28:12 AM
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krmiller wrote:
Volcano wrote:
recently:
adverb not long ago, newly, lately, currently, freshly, of late, latterly


What dictionary (or is it a thesaurus?) are you using? I would stop using it!


The Free Dictionary lol
krmiller
Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 10:41:06 PM
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Volcano wrote:
krmiller wrote:
Volcano wrote:
recently:
adverb not long ago, newly, lately, currently, freshly, of late, latterly


What dictionary (or is it a thesaurus?) are you using? I would stop using it!


The Free Dictionary lol


Ah, I see that you were looking at a thesaurus. Not a good way to find out the meaning of a word! I do find it very strange that "currently" is listed as a synonym for "recently." I suppose one could be currently doing something if one had recently started...
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