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.