Complement vs compliment: spelling tricks to help you decide
COMPLEMENT or COMPLIMENT: top spelling tips to help you remember the difference.
COMPLEMENT or COMPLIMENT – they sound the same but their meanings are very different.
So, what do these words mean – and how do you decide which spelling you need? It’s easy.
These simple spelling tips will help you decide whether you need the word COMPLEMENT or COMPLIMENT.
COMPLEMENT means to complete or match with something.
“This wine complements the dish.”
Remember the e of complete.
Spelled with an i, a COMPLIMENT is a flattering remark or praise.
“You have lovely eyes” – think eye/i.
Complementary vs complimentary
When it comes to COMPLEMENTARY and COMPLIMENTARY, these meanings follow suit:
If something is complementary it completes the set, or matches…
“The room was furnished using complementary colours that matched the decor.”
…while a complimentary remark is a flattering statement.
“He was complimentary about my dancing.”
Note that the spelling complimentary has a second meaning. It also means free, like this:
“Help yourself to a complimentary drink”
I hope these tips help you to remember the difference between COMPLEMENT and COMPLIMENT.
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