One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
‘Complement’ or ‘compliment’?
Complement and compliment (together with related words such as complementary and complimentary) are frequently confused. They are pronounced in the same way but have quite different meanings: as a verb complement means ‘add to something in a way that enhances or improves’, as in:
A classic blazer complements a look that’s smart or casual.
while compliment means ‘admire and praise someone for something’, as in:
He complimented her on her appearance.
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