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Vocabulary lesson: compliment v. complement


These words sound the same and are spelled almost the same, but they have a very different meaning.

compliment (n) – nice things said about someone or something

A: “I really like your new haircut.”
B: “Thanks for the compliment.”

“You should compliment Tom on winning the award. He worked very hard.”

complement (n) – something or someone who combines well with another person or thing.

“Milk and cookies are a complement. They are so good together!”

“Those colors really complement each other.”

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