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? asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 2 months ago

Which sentences do you speak more frequently? Which sounds more natural to you?

What were you doing recently?

What have you been doing recently? 

What have you been up to recently?

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  • 2 months ago
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    You wouldn't say the first one because if you're going to associate a time with "What were you doing", it needs to be a more specific time, like 'yesterday' or "5 o'clock this morning".  

    The 3rd one is just more informal than the 2nd, so which you'd use depends on the situation and who you're speaking to.

  • 1 month ago

    "What have you been doing recently "

    more perfect to me.

  • What have you been up to recently?

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    I'd only use the first one if I didn't hear you right

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  • 2 months ago

    I would never say the first one as it just doesn't sound right.

    I would, and have used the second sentence, as well as the third one, but with a bit of a change up for the third.

    I typically would say:

    What have you been doing recently. My way and your way are both correct, I just generally word my sentence a bit differently due to the way I talk.

  • 2 months ago

    What have you been up to recently? sounds less formal 

    What have you been doing recently? sounds formal

    What were you doing recently? sounds confrontational

    i wouldnt suggest What were you doing recently? so one of the other two depending on the situation

  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    I like the 2nd one best..

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