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I have not met her very often lately I have not been meeting her very often lately.

Is the only difference between these 2 sentences the continuity of the action the first means a recently finished action and the second an ongoing action

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  • To me, the second one suggests that the speaker used to meet 'her' at regular intervals, but that lately the meetings have become less frequent. – Kate Bunting Jan 16 at 12:09
  • what does the first one mean? I met her about 2 or 3 times before(but not at regular intervals ) and now it has gone down to 1or 2 times . – Yves Lefol Jan 16 at 13:46
  • It suggests to me that the speaker has occasionally met 'her' in the past, probably by chance, but it has happened less often recently. (I don't mean that the two versions definitely mean different things, just that have been meeting is more likely to imply a series of planned meetings.) – Kate Bunting Jan 16 at 13:57

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