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Hello all,

Thanks for reading this post.
I have the following sentence to fill in. What do you recommend?
"Susan (send) her mother at least a dozen letters since she left home. Lately, she (slow down) a buit because she (be) too absorbed in her final exams."
I wrote the following: ""Susan has sent her mother at least a dozen letters since she left home. Lately, she has been slowing down a buit because she has been too absorbed in her final exams."

I used the present perfect continuous for "slow down" because, according to englishpage.com, "lately" is associated with present perfect continuous. Do you guys agree? It does seem wordy a bit, I reckon.

Thanks a thousand times.
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Hello Anon

I agree that "have been slowing down" is better fit to your context than "have slowed down". But I don't agree to the Englishpage's instruction that we should always use continuous present perfect when "lately" is used. We can use "lately" with simple present perfect in the case the sentence connotes an event continuing from a recent past time up to now.
(EX) Have you seen him lately?

paco
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Hi guys,

I really don't see anything wrong or unnatural about the sentence as originally posted.

Best wishes, Clive
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I think "slow down" is strange. It gives the image she is writing or typing her letters/email slower than usual as opposed to less often or the number of letters is less than she "has sent". I don't use continuous here because I want to compare the past with the present. Now thinking about it, I can see why "lately" should go with continuous. So, lately is also strange. Take those 2 out, and this is how I would construct the sentence:

Susan has sent her mother at least a dozen letters since she left home. However, she is sending less letters (say that and it will sound strange, so make it negative "not sending as many letters" now because she has been too absorbed in her final exams.

"Lately" has been replaced with "now" because it's a more concrete event. Lately, I have been sleeping less hours. Hours slept is harder to define than letters which can easily be counted.
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