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Are all the three correct and is there a difference?

  • Normally, I don't work much but I work a lot this week.
  • Normally, I don't work much but I am working a lot this week.
  • Normally, I don't work much but I have been working a lot this week.

Can we use present continuous to speak about this week, this month, this year? How about using them with words lately, recently, and now?

More Examples:

  • I am taking an exam next Monday so I study hard this week.
  • I am taking an exam next Monday so I am studying hard this week.
  • I am taking an exam next Monday so I have been studying hard this week.
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    Yes we can. There is no temporal restriction whatsoever on the use . You will be wishing you had set some food aside, come winter, Mr Grasshopper. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Apr 20 '17 at 10:44
  • I've upvoted Tromano's comment because I agree that both are fine, but realize that if we are speaking in context, one may be more appropriate than the other (and perhaps, even wrong). – Teacher KSHuang Apr 20 '17 at 10:45
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The first sentence in each of your examples is grammatically incorrect. The other two sentences in both examples are fine.

'Now' is okay to use with the Present Continuous - I am answering your question now.

'Recently' and 'lately' need the Present Perfect - I have been answering/I have answered a lot of questions recently/lately.

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