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WE can say:

I will do it in the near future.

How about:

I did it in the near past.

And can you say: " In the recent past weeks, I have seen many movies"
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Magic79I did it in the near past. (incorrect)

And can you say: " In the recent past weeks, I have seen many movies" (incorrect). In the past few weeks, I have seen many movies.

In the recent weeks, I have seen many movies.
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Magic79
I did it in the near past. (incorrect)

And can you say: " In the recent past weeks, I have seen many movies" (incorrect). In the past few weeks, I have seen many movies.

Adding to the last comment, this is how I see it.

For the last few weeks, I have seen lots of movies. Ok

Rule of thumb: avoid using word and phrase containing “ago” and “past” in a present perfect tense context.

A: You look terrible, Are you ok?

B:

I haven’t been feeling well for the last few days.- correct

I haven’t been feeling well since 3 days ago –incorrect. [Ago] and [since] are not supposed to be used together.

I haven’t …………… since this past 3 days –incorrect. Same reason as above

I haven’t ……………feeling well. Perfectly fine.
Marius HancuIn the recent weeks, I have seen many movies.
Hi Marius

Just to confirm: In the recent weeks ... (Shouldn't it be 'In recent weeks ... ' ?)
Goodman
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Magic79I did it in the near past. (incorrect)

And can you say: " In the recent past weeks, I have seen many movies" (incorrect). In the past few weeks, I have seen many movies.

Adding to the last comment, this is how I see it.

For the last few weeks, I have seen lots of movies. Ok
In the past few weeks we have watched a ferment grow in this town. We have watched people as they began to talk about their problems in the open - for the ... (From BNC)
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I'd wouldn't say "in the recent weeks" is incorrect, but "in recent weeks" is far more common.

I also disagree a bit with Goodman.
I don't like this sentence very much at all: "For the last few weeks, I have seen lots of movies."Emotion: crying This sentence would be much better with 'in' instead of 'for'

Alternative sentences:
For the last/past few weeks, I have watched/ have been watching three movies daily.
In the
last/past few weeks, I have watched lots of movies.

Using "in the past few weeks" with the present perfect is perfectly OK and natural. You can also say "in the last few weeks".
Yoong Liat
Goodman
Yoong Liat
Magic79
I did it in the near past. (incorrect)

And can you say: " In the recent past weeks, I have seen many movies" (incorrect). In the past few weeks, I have seen many movies.

Adding to the last comment, this is how I see it.

For the last few weeks, I have seen lots of movies. Ok

In the past few weeks we have watched a ferment grow in this town. We have watched people as they began to talk about their problems in the open - for the ... (From BNC)

Personally, I'd prefer "for the last few weeks, I have seen lot of movies". What is acceptable or otherwise is debatable just like the question of "Mr." vs. "Mr".

I didn't eat much in the past few days. My cold was killing me! (It's fine)

I haven't eaten much for the last few days.....(not past).

That's my angle.

Hi Goodman

What is acceptable or otherwise is debatable just like the question of "Mr." vs. "Mr".

I would like to have the view of other native speakers. Do they not classify Mr as BrE and Mr. as AmE? Or is it, as Goodman says, debatable?

According to Collins Cobuild English Dictionary for Advanced Learners and Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, Mr is BrE, while Mr. is AmE.
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