Punctual words

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Are you a tardy person or a punctual person? I consider myself punctual because I don’t like waiting and I don’t want anyone to have to wait for me. 

The English language has several expressions regarding time--specifically precise, exact time--and some of them are phrasal verbs: on time or on schedule, which mean not early or late but as planned or expected.

  • The concert started on time. 
  • The plane departed on schedule. 

I think idioms are more fun than phrasal verbs so try adding these to your vocabulary.  When referring to an exact specified time, you can use sharp or on the dot after the time to emphasize punctuality. 

  • The conference will begin at 8 a.m. sharp. 
  • Marta never works late. She leaves the office at 5:00 on the dot every day. 

So, what kind of person are you? Always running late or always on time?

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