vocabulary

Compliment or Complement

Compliment or Complement

Two commonly confused words are compliment and complement. It’s easy to see why. After all, they sound the same. Use compliment when you are talking about an expression of admiration or praise. For example: When I wear my new jacket, I frequently receive compliments. My boss complimented me on my punctuality and orderly approach to my work.(…)

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Where Are Your Principles?

Where Are Your Principles?

Two words in English often cause confusion: principal and principle. After all, they have exactly the same pronunciation! You can easily figure out which one to use like this. See if the word, chief, would also work. Let’s think about a few sentences: The principal investigator is responsible for submitting the final report. I wouldn’t do that because(…)

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Tenet or Tenant

Tenet or Tenant

If you annoy your reader when you write, your credibility can suddenly evaporate. The fastest way to do this is to confuse words. Although you might be making an important point, a small mistake can make your reader unfairly jump to the conclusion that you’re ignorant and that the rest of your prose is not worth(…)

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