Take a look at the following common UTME/PUTME question
Thank you so much for the _____ but I will prefer a gift as a _______.
So, which one of the options is the most appropriate?
Ahah!… it’s confusing, isn’t it?
Well, option A is absolutely correct!
“Compliments” are ‘words of praise directed to flatter or appreciate someone’.
“Complement” on the other hand means ‘something that COMPLETEs or perfects another thing’.
A memory aid:
ComplEment – ComplEte
Now, back to the question, you can rewrite:
Thank you so much for the ‘compliments‘ (praises), but I will prefer a gift as a ‘complement‘ (completion or perfection).
It’s all about knowing the appropriate word to use!
Do you understand? I have no doubt you do!