The word "recently" occurs mostly with verbs in the simple past tense or the present perfect construction. But I found the following example in Grammar for English Language Teachers. Is it standard English?

I seem to be getting more headaches recently.

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Yes, it is standard English.

In I recently moved house, the word means 'a short time ago'.

In I seem to be getting more headaches recently, it means 'in a short period of time before the present' (probably 'the past few weeks').

I have been getting more headaches recently would also be idiomatic.

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    What about "I'm getting more headaches recently"? Is this idiomatic too?
    – Luke
    Sep 9, 2021 at 8:34
  • Yes, I think so. Sep 9, 2021 at 8:59

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