Is this promptness "punctuality" or "instantaneous or immediate"? In this case, why can't precision be an answer?
What is the exact difference between "precision" and "promptness"? I guess precision is for numerical or engineering meanings, while promptness for time-wise things.
Choose the right answer
ex) Some people tend to be late as a general rule, whether they are busy or not. To stop being late, all one has to do is change the motivation by deciding that in all circumstances being on time is going to have first priority over any other consideration. Presto! You will never have to run for a plane or miss an appointment again. As a lifelong latecomer, that is how I cured myself. Having made the decision that (promptness) was now of major importance, I found that answers came automatically to such questions as “Can I squeeze in one more errand before the dentist?” or “Do I have to leave for the airport now?” The answers are always no, and yes. Choosing to be on time will make your life enormously easier, and that of your family, friends, and colleagues as well.
1)harmony 2)precision 3)promptness 4)consistency 5)thriftiness
Last edited by keannu; 03-Jun-2011 at 16:10. Reason: more question
I don't know what the dictionary says. I think "punctuality" is a better word here, but it didn't faze me as a native to use "prompt" to mean "punctual."
We wouldn't use "precision" like that. She might be precisely on time for an appointment, but I wouldn't say she was "precise."
Which dictionary says that punctuality is an adjective (and spells it wrong)?But the dictionary says like this.
adjective)prompt - immediate, puntuality
I agree that "punctuality" is a much better choice than those you've been given but, of that five, "promptness" is the only correct choice.
Just a quick comment on the term "precision" from the OP.
In terms of target practice, the ultimate aim is precision and accuracy .
The aim of precision (per se) is to consistently get all the bullets etc through the same hole. Getting that hole to match up with the centre of the target is accuracy!
The same principle effectively applies to timeliness. You may be there at precisely 2pm, but the appointment might have actually been arranged for 1pm!