Posted by: Jack Henry | September 22, 2016

Editor’s Corner: Is it compliment or complement?

The words compliment and complement are homophones, which are words that sound alike but have different meanings. No wonder some people confuse them!

Here are the definitions of each word:

Compliment: a remark that says something good about someone or something

Complement: something that completes something else or makes it better

Here’s a tip from Grammar Girl to help you remember the difference:

Compliment (spelled with an i): Be a nice person and tell yourself, I like to give compliments.

Another trick that may help you to remember the difference is to visualize the spelling of the word complement, which looks like the word complete.

Jackie Solano | Technical Editor | Symitar®

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