Many people are unsure of when to use complement with an ‘e’ and when to use compliment with an ‘i’. So here it is, quick and easy!
  • He paid her a compliment.

  • He took his full complement of staff out for lunch.

  • She received many compliments on the roast beef dinner.

  • The red wine perfectly complemented the roast beef.

  • She found him to be a gentleman in every way - charming, complimentary, but a bit of a windbag.

  • The complementary cocktail went straight to her head; the pastry straight to her hips.

So there you have it!

Compliment is when you say something nice.
Complement is when something completes something else or is free.

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