Complement and compliment

By Mary Morel

complement

Complement means to complete, go with.

pepper and salt complement each other

compliment

Compliment means to praise. It’s also a formal expression of civility or respect.

I received a compliment about my hair.
compliments of the season

So do you say complement/s slip or compliment/s slip?

Both compliment/s and complement/s slips exist in Google, but I think, using the second meaning of compliment, I’ll choose compliments slip in future.

These two words frequently trip me up and I have to stop and think about their meanings. What words do you have trouble with?

Online grammar courses

Learn more about word usage with one of my online courses:

Or see the full list of Online Writing Training courses.

 
 

online grammar
Copyright © 2013 All Rights Reserved

Design by mel anderson | Webdev by tony cosentino