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Confusing word choices

Complimentary v Complementary

Spell check won’t pick up a misspelling when the word sounds the same as another valid word.

If you’re confused about the commonly confused words complimentary and complementary, here’s a quick explanation.

Complementary or complimentary


Free of charge; and an expression of praise or approval.


Completed or enhanced.

  • The conference participants enjoyed complimentary dessert as they discussed services that would complement their businesses.

Tip: Look for the e to complete the spelling of complementary.

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