Language matters # 1

One very common writing mistake is the incorrect use of words and I will be drawing attention to some I notice. This week’s misused words are:

 compliment & complement

If there is a pli in the word it means there is no cost for something or that praise is being given. If there is a ple the word refers to things that complete each other.

Examples

  • Jane complimented me on my writing and handed me a voucher for a complimentary meal.
  • Bob and Jane complemented each other perfectly and made a lovely couple.

 

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