and complement can be rather tricky considering the
only difference in their spelling is the second vowel. Once
upon a time, they could be loosely substituted for
each other. However, their more closely related definitions
have become obsolete. Now, one letter makes a big difference
deals with the giving of praise or the act of giving
praise. It can be used as a verb (He complimented
her) or a noun (He showered her with compliments).
Its multiple definitions are due to the varying purposes of
Ex. The governor gave his guests the
compliment of a personal tour of the capitol building.
Here compliment refers to showing
Ex. Shane complimented the artist on
the piece; it truly was the best work he’d seen.
complimented means giving praise and implies
deals with the achievement or act of achieving completion or
It can be used as a verb (Yin complements yang) or a
noun (Flowers were the ideal complement to the
centerpiece). Complement’s definition varies
depending on the field being discussed, but always refers to
a part that allows a whole to be achieved.
Ex. Coffee is the perfect complement
to any morning.
Ex. Their voices complement each
Ex. A 30° angle complements a 60°
angle because it provides a sum of 90°.
Ex. A scarf would be the ideal complement
to this outfit.
So if you want your work to be complete,
perfect and warranting praise, be careful about that one