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Grammar Bit #14.

Jan
10

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“THE CHEESE REALLY COMPLIMENTED THE SOUP.”

 
Can you spot the problem here? That’s right! Compliment is used incorrectly. The correct word to use in this instance is complement.

COMPLIMENT: an expression of praise, commendation, or admiration.

COMPLEMENT: something that completes or makes perfect.

 

If you use compliment, the story goes a little like this:

Cheese: Hey, Soup. You’re, uh… you’re looking very nice today. You taste great, too.

Soup: Why, Cheese, I’m flattered! Thank you!

 

If you use complement, the story goes like this:

The savory, salty cheese works well with the sweetness of the soup, creating a balance.

 

Unless you’ve got a bunch of magical, chattering foods, your cheese should never be complimenting your soup. Now I hope you’ll all remember this little cheese story before you decide which form to use.

REMEMBER: Just because they sound the same doesn’t mean they have the same definitions!

*All definitions from dictionary.com

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6 Responses to “Grammar Bit #14.”

  1. Thank you so much! This is so helpful!

  2. Liz. R says:

    I’m planning to show this to a few people who don’t get it when I say there’s a difference between the two! Thanks for explaining it all so clearly :).

  3. Jessica S. says:

    This is hilariously informative. 😀

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