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August 07, 2018
Unlike some of the easier ones like further vs. farther or which vs. that, this one may require some practice.
Here is a breakdown that should help:
When the letter ‘i’ is used in the middle of the word, it means that you are expressing admiration about something, congratulating someone or giving praise. We all use this on a regular basis and know the word, but it is the spelling that causes the issue.
Here are a few examples:
This is usually where it gets a little wonky for me. Exchange the ‘i’ for an ‘e’ and all hell breaks loose. When something “complements” something else, it means it adds value or enhances the overall effect. The idea is to remember that when the ‘e’ is used, the topic is making something better than it already is.
Just when you thought you had a handle on it, the adjectives come out and cause even more confusion!
Complimentary – this word has two different meanings, just to mess with your mind. It can act as an extension of “compliment” and express admiration, or it can refer to getting something for free!
How ridiculous is that?
Complementary – this one is often used incorrectly to describe something that was free of charge, but the true meaning still deals with one thing improving or enhancing another.
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