Complement vs. Compliment

A lot of people mix up complement and compliment. These two words have identical pronunciations, meaning they’re homophones. They have nearly identical spellings. Their definitions, however, are quite different from each other. Complement Complement can be a noun or a verb. When it’s a noun, it’s a thing that completes, enhances or improves something else. When it’s … Continue reading Complement vs. Compliment

Prepositions

I’d like to address the popular and false notion that it’s incorrect to end a sentence with a preposition.  But first, let’s remind ourselves what a preposition is. The preposition A preposition is a word that describes the relationship between a noun and another word in the sentence. Examples include after, before, between, among, in, out, with and without. (And some words, … Continue reading Prepositions

Imply vs. Infer

Imply means “to strongly suggest.” Infer means “to deduce or conclude.” In other words, the speaker (or writer) implies something. The listener (or reader) infers something. Many people interchange imply and infer, thinking they mean the same thing. Some people simply opt for infer every time. All these people are misguided. Here are some examples of correct use: In his speech to … Continue reading Imply vs. Infer