An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (on schedule)
a. punctual
Sé puntual y ve bien vestido para tu entrevista.Be punctual and look sharp for your interview.
b. on time
Siempre tenemos que esperarlo 15 minutos porque nunca es puntual.We always have to wait 15 minutes for him because he is never on time.
2. (precise)
a. detailed
Necesito un informe puntual del presupuesto del año pasado.I need a detailed report of the budget from last year.
b. exact
Acordemos una fecha puntual para la reunión.Let's agree on an exact date for the meeting.
c. accurate
Necesitamos medidas puntuales para construir los cimientos de la casa.We need accurate measurements to build the foundation of the house.
3. (unique)
a. isolated
Analizaremos los casos puntuales una vez que hayamos dominado la teoría general.We'll analyze isolated cases once we have mastered the general theory.
b. one-off
Fue un problema puntual que no pudimos resolver siguiendo el manual de instrucciones.It was a one-off problem that couldn't be solved following the instruction manual.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
4. (on schedule)
a. on time
Gente, la cena será servida a las ocho. Vengan puntual.Dinner will be served at eight, everyone. Be here on time.
b. punctually
En Alemania los trenes siempre llegan puntual.Trains in Germany always arrive punctually.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (en el tiempo)
a. punctual
2. (exacto, detallado)
a. detailed
3. (aislado)
a. isolated, one-off
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1 [+persona, llegada] punctual
2 (detallado) [+informe] detailed; [+cálculo] exact; accurate
3 (aislado)
se trata de casos muy puntuales they are very isolated cases; ha tenido unos cuantos éxitos puntuales en su carrera he's had the odd success in his career; he's had a few successes at odd times during his career
(a tiempo)
nunca llega puntual he's never on time
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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