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Micheline Harvey: Virtual Assistant, real person/Adjointe Virtuelle, mais tout à fait vraie

Good grammar, it’s hot! August 22, 2010

I think good grammar is important and attractive! As a VA, it is part of my job to notice grammar, spelling and the proper use of words. Common mistakes can do serious damage to an otherwise stellar reputation. Think about the image you project and proofread, do some research, look it up…or ask me!

Et la prochaine fois, je continuerai avec mes 10 règles de la nouvelle orthographe en français pour les lecteurs francophones.

I will share some basic rules and talk about common mistakes over the next few weeks.

Rule 3. Complimentary/complementary

Is it a complimentary gift or a complementary gift?

Were you paid a compliment or a complement?

Do peanut butter and jelly compliment or complement each other?

To compliment (verb form) is to give “an expression of esteem, respect, affection, or admiration.” A compliment (the noun form) is the expression itself.

To complement (verb form) is to “fill up, complete, or make perfect,” and a complement (the noun form) is the object or person that fills up, completes, or makes perfect.

1. Complimentary
2. Compliment
3. Complement

Source: Word Choice


3 Responses to “Good grammar, it’s hot!”

  1. Laura Says:

    Do you think you could get the writers at Yahoo to use the correct word? They’re constantly confusing compliment/complement.

  2. Gwen Styles Says:

    I would like to pay you a compliment on your excellent blog post, which complements your Good Grammar series nicely.

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