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distribution on a case-by-case basis, non-generalised distribution
Depending on context, of course, meaning that the phone directories are not merely distributed in bulk but that you can call and order one individually at any time.
Hope this helps
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distribution upon request; one-time distribution
"ponctuel" is often translated as "occasional" or "one-time" (or "one-off" in British English) but here I think you could say something like, "distribution upon direct request of the subscriber"
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"Ponctuel", here, means "in response to a specific request".
direct distribution on subscribers' requests (meaning "direct to the subscribers" as opposed to "everyone in the territory").
Note added at 2002-07-19 18:23:35 (GMT)
Re BBW\'s reponse to my disagree.
As a matter of fact, I *did* check the dictionary before posting my response. In both languages, as a matter of fact.
Note that its \"ponctuel\", and not \"ponctuellement\" (avec ponctualité) which is entirely different. In French: \"ponctuel\" = like a point, \"ponctualité\" = on time.
Larousse (action ponctuelle): celle qui ne concerne qu\'un détail, qu\'un objectif isolé
Merriam Webster: (punctual): being on time : PROMPT
(That\'s the **entire** definition.
Now, for usage.
Federal legislation in Canada
donner par écrit des instructions ponctuelles
give a written directive in specific terms/to
L.R., c. B-2; 14(2)
instructions générales ou ponctuelles
general or special direction (given by a minister)
L.R., c. C-14; 9(2)
L.R., c. C-10.6; ann. 708 3
Google \"punctual distribution\" and eliminate the badly translated Websites (the Italian, Russian, Chinese, and German ones) and you\'ll notice that the phrase is used to denote prompt or on-time distribution, or, in statistics, a distribution or plot with points or strong isolated clusters.
While I can appreciate that to someone who\'s mother tongue and habitual language is French, \"punctual\" could mean \"specific\", to someone who\'s only languge is English, \"punctual\" can only mean \"on time\". The only exception, as noted above, is in statistics when it means \"point-shaped\" or \"along a single point\".
\"Ponctuel\" means \"one time\", \"for a specific purpose\", and here \"in response to a specific request\".
See, as well:
problèmes ponctuels = isolated problems
têtes de détection ponctuelle ionique = localized ion detection fixture/detector
surcharges ponctuelles = extraordinary expenses, occasional extra costs
nettoyage ponctuel = one-time cleaning
dans le cadre d\'operations ponctuelles = in selective sales campaigns
ponctuel = one-off or non-recurring
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distribution as requested by subscriber or subscriber-requested distribution
Since that's whenever the subscriber wants it, no need for ponctuel per se in English
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