You sound so much better when you use good grammar: Complement vs. compliment

Oh what a difference a letter makes! Such is the case with the often confused compliment and complement.

Compliment means “a kind or flattering remark”: He paid Michelle the biggest compliment by mentioning that her new haircut looked nice.

Complement means “to go well with”: The blue dress perfectly complemented Danielle’s eyes.

An easy way to remember the difference is “A compliment is kind – both take i’s.”


My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.