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    is it a compliment?

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    We can perfectly see why you are worried about it.

    Is perfectly a compliment?

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    Re: is it a compliment?

    Hi Fame

    No - it just means we can see very clearly why you're worried. There's no doubt in their minds. They are 100% sure they understand the cause of the worry.


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    Re: is it a compliment?

    Dear Brian,

    Thanks for your reply. But what do we call such words as perfectly in this sentence, here it amplifies the meaning of the ver see.

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    Re: is it a compliment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fame View Post
    Dear Brian,

    Thanks for your reply. But what do we call such words as perfectly in this sentence, here it amplifies the meaning of the ver see.
    It is an adverb.

    Adverbs modify verbs (in this case the verb see).

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    Re: is it a compliment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fame View Post
    In this sentence:

    We can perfectly see why you are worried about it.

    Is perfectly a compliment?
    Learn more here Grammar Handbook: Complements

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    Complement, not compliment.

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    Re: is it a compliment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Learn more here Grammar Handbook: Complements

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    Complement, not compliment.
    Soup, I can not understand your spelling help, what is wrong with "compliment"?

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    Re: is it a compliment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogota63 View Post
    Soup, I can not understand your spelling help, what is wrong with "compliment"?

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    Complement and compliment are two different words.

    This thread is dealing with complements.

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    Re: is it a compliment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogota63 View Post
    Soup, I can not understand your spelling help, what is wrong with "compliment"?

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    A complement completes, while a compliment flatters:
    "She complimented him on the way the nose ring complemented his outfit."
    Source The UVic Writer's Guide: Complement / Compliment



    Originally these two spellings were used interchangeably, but they have come to be distinguished from each other in modern times. Most of the time the word people intend is “compliment": nice things said about someone ("She paid me the compliment of admiring the way I shined my shoes.”). “Complement,” much less common, has a number of meanings associated with matching or completing. Complements supplement each other, each adding something the others lack, so we can say that "Alice’s love for entertaining and Mike’s love for washing dishes complement each other.” [Complement means “something that completes or brings to perfection”.] Remember, if you’re not making nice to someone, the word is “complement.”

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    Test your understanding of the homophones compliment and complement by choosing the correct word in each of the following sentences.

    1. When he joined as a much-needed bass player, John acted as a (complement/compliment) to the band.
    2. Jane’s boss is always giving her (complements/compliments) about the way that she answers the phone.
    3. That scarf really (complements/compliments) Susan’s complexion.
    4. Coach Miles (complemented/complimented) his team on a terrific win.
    5. In order to meet customer demands, Sunny Corporation must use a full (complement/compliment) of 50 employees.

    Answers can be found here Grammatically Correct: Complement versus Complimentt

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