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complement or compliment

Both complement and compliment are pronounced the same, however, they have different meanings.  Complement means to add to something; to improve it or make it better. Whereas, compliment means to say something nice to or about someone.

Complement

  • The music complemented the program. The music added to the program.
  • Your tie complements your suit. The tie makes the suit look better.
  • This picture of Mount Shasta would be a good complement to your office. Your office would look better with that picture.

Compliment

  • The manager complimented her for her outstanding work. The manager said something nice about the women’s work.
  • That teacher often receives compliments on the way she treats people. People say nice things about how that teacher treats others.

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