You know what sucks worse than taking midterms? Writing them.
Since I'm rocking full-fledged teacher mode before 9:00 in the morning on a Sunday, I thought I'd present a little lesson for you. If you're lucky, I'll turn this post into a weekly installment.
In today's lesson plan, we have the difference between complement and compliment.
Complement (to remember: You complete me, so you're my complement.)
Had Jerry Maguire said, "You complement me" instead of "You complete me," his message would have been the same.
Definition: If something complements something else, it makes the other thing perfect, or complete.
For example, if we're thinking about style and using the word as a verb, then:
* Orange complements blue.
* Purple complements yellow.
* Red complements green.
Feel free to use it as a noun, too:
* Red's complement is green.
* Orange's complement is blue.
* Purple's complement is yellow.
Compliment (to remember: I like compliments.)
Definition: an admiring remark or recognition
Use it as a verb: When someone compliments me on my outfit, I feel elated. (You know it's true.)
Use it as a noun: She showered me with compliments to distract me from the vase that she broke.
Complement vs. Compliment: Let's try them in one sentence.
My students' compliments complemented my day.
Translation: My students' kind remarks completed my day.
I hope you learned something today. If not, better luck next Sunday. Feel free to let me know if you need a lesson on something in particular.