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Dear native teachers,

Could you possibly tell me the meaning of AS RECENTLY AS in the below sentence?

As recently as October 7, in a presidential debate, Mr Obama said: "We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority."

Can "As recently as" be used interchangeably with" as late as" ?

Thank you in advance
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As recently as October 7 ... Mr Obama said ...

=~ Not longer ago than October 7, ..., Mr. Obama said ...
=~ It was not so very long ago -- it was October 7 as a matter of fact -- that, ..., Mr. Obama said ...

(We cannot claim that these opinions are so old that Mr. Obama probably no longer stands by them.)

CJ
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Let me try:
As recently as October 7, in a presidential debate, Mr Obama said: "We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority."
means Obama said "..." on Oct 7 which is considered a recent date.
As late as October 7, in a presidential debate, Mr Obama said: "We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority."
implies Obama should have said "..." earlier but only said that on Oct 7 which is considered late, even too late by some.
Chris
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Hi,
I'm not a native speaker.
But I can tell you that As recently as October 7 means on October 7, which was a very short time ago
It emphasizes the fact that something happened a very short time ago.
It's not the same as as late as, which, according to Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, is used to express surprise that something considered old-fashioned was still happening so recently:
Capital punishment was still used in Britain as late as the 1950s.
Hi Tuongvan,
Can "As recently as" be used interchangeably with" as late as" ?
Yes, you can.

As late(=As recently)as the 1980s they were still using horses on this farm.

Best wishes
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Hello CJ,

Could you tell me if "as late as" and as recently as" are interchangable

As recently as October 7 ... Mr Obama said ...

As late as October 7 .... Mr Obama said ...

Thank you