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    #1

    compliment vs compliments

    Sorry, but no compliment./Sorry, but no compliments.
    Sorry , but no compliment from me./Sorry, but no compliments from me.

    Please point out the correct ones.
    Thank you*


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    #2

    Re: compliment vs compliments

    What is the context?


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    #3

    Re: compliment vs compliments

    someone did something, and you are not satisfied with the outcome.


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    #4

    Re: compliment vs compliments

    "Sorry, but you'll get no compliments from me."

    or

    "Sorry, but you'll be getting no compliments from me."


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    #5

    Re: compliment vs compliments

    I need to ask one more thing. That is if you dined at a restaurant and you found the meal to be quite excellent. And if you wanted to praise the chef about it indirectly via a server.

    Would you say

    1. Please give my compliments to the chef. The food was excellent.
    or
    2. Please give my compliment to the chef. The food was excellent.

    Reason for asking again is that I found some dictionary saying singular 'compliment' means "praise", but plural 'compliments' normally means "regards." (American Heritage Dictionary)
    If this is true, sentence 1 means "give the regards to the chef" not exactly praising his cooking; where as sentence 2 is actually praising.
    Let me hear your thoughts on this.
    Thank you
    Last edited by bouji; 04-Mar-2009 at 15:26.

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