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Is the following sentence correct?

In recent days, life was very hard for me.

Note that  In this case I want to mean that my life was hard a day or a few days ago but the hard time has now gone.

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    "was" is good, yes, but it clashes with "recent days". How about using "last week" or something to show that you mean the past. – Mr Lister Aug 31 '17 at 8:54
  • "Recent" signifies from a point in the past until the present moment. So, as Mr Lister suggests, you either need to define the period concerned or use the present perfect has been. – Ronald Sole Aug 31 '17 at 9:20
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Here you should go for present perfect continuous if you intend to convey that life is still hard for you..

In recent days, life has been very hard for me.

Instead if you wish to mean that the hard part was a few days ago..

Until recent days, life was very tough for me.

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    "recent days" isn't idiomatic. "recently" and "until recently" might be better. – ColleenV Aug 31 '17 at 14:46
  • Yes I completely agree. I had thought of writing the same, but I didn't want to change his original sentence completely. That's why I framed it as above. Thanks for the suggestion though ! :) – Swasti Gupta Sep 1 '17 at 3:27

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