I would like to say " By seeing my punctuality you can see how desperate I am " I'm not sure if punctuality is the right word here ,If not any alternatives?

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    Your question is not clear. "Punctuality" is a noun, "on time" is a prepositional phrase, and you want an adjective?
    – fev
    Jan 28, 2021 at 14:30
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    The proposed utterance wouldn't be idiomatic without radical revision. You might consider something like The fact that I'm so punctual shows you how desperate I am. But to be honest, being "punctual, on time" is usually something you either do or don't do. Not being punctual might be seen as evidence that you don't care (but more likely the train was late or your car broke down anyway). But actually being punctual is no more than might be expected. Perhaps by "punctual" you mean arriving long before the appointed time. Jan 28, 2021 at 14:38

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I'm so desperate I actually showed up on time!

Unless you have a context saying otherwise, people are generally expected to be on time to things like jobs and meetings, so if you don't normally show up on time, actually is needed to emphasize that you are doing something out of the ordinary.

Or this if you want to stay close to the form of your sentence:

By the fact that I'm actually on time, you can see how desperate I am.

  • So there is no adjective for the trait of being on time ? But your answer works for me too . Jan 28, 2021 at 18:46

You can use “timely”. His timely appearance meant the party could start.

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