Compliment & Complement…What’s the Difference?

Compliment & Complement…What’s the Difference?

by Steve Gamel
Edit This
469.360.3611
www.edit-this-npsteve.com

I did a grammar-related article a few months ago for one of the many Murray Media publications. Since it turned out to be a popular post, I’ve decided to do another one.

Compliment vs Complement
– What’s the difference?

This is a perfect example of homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. As you can see, compliment is spelled with an “i” and complement is spelled with an “e.” Homophones are strewn throughout the English language and can cause quite a bit of confusion for everyone if you aren’t careful. Some additional examples of homophones include:

  • Bear and Bare
  • Ad and Add
  • Rain, Reign, Rein
  • Damn and Dam
  • Sail and Sale

COMPLIMENT
A compliment is a polite expression of praise or admiration. If you were to tell me that I’m the greatest writer you’ve ever worked with or read, you’d be paying me and my business, Edit This®, an enormous – and possibly overstated – compliment.

COMPLEMENT
When we say complement, we are often referring to something that completes a set. For example (and I totally stole this one from somewhere), you might say, “That scarf is the perfect complement to her outfit.” Or … “When my wife hired someone to paint our new kitchen cabinets, she picked the perfect color to complement our backsplash.”

Hopefully that clears things up.


Related Articles

Let’s Not Be So Quick to Judge on Concussion Protocols

by Steve Gamel I wrote an investigative article recently for the Denton Record-Chronicle on a high school right here in

There’s an App for That: Making the Most out of Academic Technology

by Brieanna Casey, Head Instructor, The Tutoring Center– Bartonville It’s true that students of the 21st century have received the

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

by Dr. Rebecca Butler, who is Board Certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow

No comments

Write a comment
No Comments Yet! You can be first to comment this post!

Write a Comment

Your e-mail address will not be published.
Required fields are marked*