A ‘complement’ is something that completes something else in some way. But, ‘compliment’ is a courteous remark that expresses admiration. We’ll explain the grammar more here.
It’s very common for someone to use a word incorrectly as there are many words that sound similar but mean very different things. To avoid embarrassing blunders (even for native English speakers), we’ve come up with a list of “confusing” words and an explanation of how to correctly use them. This time, we’ll tackle complement vs compliment.
Difference between complement and compliment
Synonyms of complement and compliment
Use complement and compliment in a sentence
Complement vs. Compliment: the difference
A noun: A word that refers to a person, place, thing, event, substance, or quality.
Is a verb: A word or phrase that describes an action, condition, or experience.
Complement vs. Compliment: the definitions
To make something else seem better or more attractive when combining with it
A remark that expresses approval, admiration, or respect.
An expression of your admiration or respect.
If you give something to someone with your compliments, you give it to that person for free.
Complement vs. Compliment: in a sentence
Wine and cheese complement each other well.
Her choice of wall colour complements her floors.
She co-hosts the morning show with Luke and they complement each other perfectly.
I hope to find a dress that complements my eye colour.
There will be a written test to complement the spoken test.
Shower her with compliments if you want things to work in your favour.
I take your interest in my work as a compliment.
She gave me a copy of her latest book, with compliments.
My compliments to your mum, she has done an outstanding job raising you.
I have always wondered why I struggle to give compliments.
Reference: Cambridge Dictionary