There are a number of words that people have a hard time keeping straight. Usually these words sound alike, but have very different meanings. For instance, should you say “Please accept my complement!” or “Please accept my compliment!”?
Accept or Except?
Accept is to take or receive something, while except means something is left out.
I am proud to accept this award.
Everyone except Jim was at the party.
Complement or Compliment?
Complement is something that complements something else or goes well with it, while compliment is a praise.
The new chair is the perfect complement to the rest of the furniture in the room.
My boss complimented my performance in the new account presentation.
The next time you are including these words in your writing, stop and reflect on the true meaning of the sentence so that you can be sure you made the right choice!
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