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In this English lesson you will learn the difference between the homophones – Compliment & Complement. At times it can be difficult to remember the two spellings and meanings of the words we pronounce as “compliment or complement.” They’re homophones—one is spelled with an ‘i’ and the other is spelled with an ‘e’, and even though they sound the same, they mean different things.
A compliment, with an i, is a kind or flattering remark. If a friend says he likes your new shoes, he’s giving you a compliment. He’s complimenting you.
A complement, with an e, is a full crew or a set, and when something complements something else, it means they go well together. You might talk about a picture frame that complements a photo or the crew complement needed to operate a ship.