Most people don’t realize that complement is a word and mistakenly use compliment in its place. Here’s the difference: Compliment is an expression of praise (noun) or to offer an expression of praise (verb). For example, “Thank you for the compliment on my promotion.”/ “He complimented me on my promotion.”

Complement is something that completes or perfects something else (noun) or to accompany or complete something else (verb): “Coffee is a nice complement to a bagel for breakfast.”/ “The coffee complemented the bagel I had for breakfast.” Remember, compliment involves praise, whereas complement involves completing something else.

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