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LET’S GET FLUENT? July 21, 2009

Posted by priscilaraposo in Uncategorized.


(by Amoretinha)


This time, I am going to focus on a few words that look alike, however, if you misspell you will probably be misunderstood.

Let’s start with compliment, just the way it is in this sentence, simply means to say something nice to somebody. However, if you write with the letter “e”, complement, you mean that something goes well with another, a good combination, making them seem better because they are together (another cognate).

Then there are these two other words: complementary and complimentary. The former is the adjective for complement; however, even though the latter,


complimentary, might also be the adjective for compliment, it can also mean when something is given free for people, for example, food, books, tickets, etc, as in:

“There was a complimentary bottle of champagne in the hotel room.”

“I’ve got some complimentary tickets for the theatre tonight.”clip_image002[1]



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