Imagine crafting a thoughtful message only to realize later that you used the wrong term.
This happens quite often with the words "complement" and "compliment". Let's dive into some ways to recognize the difference between "complimented" vs "complimented" so you can be sure to use the correct one.
Compliment: Words of Warmth
Compliment, the one with the "i", means the nice things you say to someone. They're praise or words of admiration. Picture your friend walking up to you with a brand-new jacket that looks amazing on them. What do you want to say?
Those words are called "compliments". If you told your friends how awesome they looked, you complimented them!
Complement: Completing the Puzzle
"Complement," the one with the "e", is like a missing puzzle piece that makes it all perfect.
Think about peanut butter and jelly. Together, they just make each other taste better. They've complemented each other perfectly since the invention of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich!
How about Yin and Yang, the classic symbols of opposing forces? They work together to balance the universe.
Or coffee and a good book? For many people, sipping a cup of coffee and reading a good book is a complementary pairing that increases relaxation and enjoyment.
Remembering the Difference Between Complimented vs Complemented
Here are some memory tricks to help your memory:
Spelled with an "i"
"Praise" has an "i"
Think: I was happy when she complimented my hairstyle. I love to get praise!
Spelled with an "e"
"Complete" is similar to "complement"
Think: The two shapes on the wall complemented each other nicely. They completed the pattern.
There is NO difference in the way these words are pronounced. They are homophones:
Homo = two things that are the same or similar
Phones = sound/listen
Homophones = two words that sound the same.
Click the play button on the video below to hear and see the words pronounced.
Select the sentences where "complement" and "compliment" are used correctly:
Now you have a better idea about the difference between "complimented" vs "complemented", two commonly mistaken words. So, how can you make sure you don't forget?