Both of these are real words, but they have quite different meanings. The difference isn’t complicated but it can be hard to remember which one is correct, especially if you’re in an exam situation.
to complement (v)
This means to go with, or to match. ‘Her handbag complements her shoes’.
As a noun, complement refers to the number of people on a vessel. ’The HMS Pinafore has a complement of 80’. (Means there are 80 people on board the ship.)
1. To say positive things about someone. ‘He makes great websites!’ ‘Her accent is so sexy.’ You could even compliment someone by saying, ‘Her handbag complements her shoes’. In other words, the woman has great taste and dresses well. That’s a compliment.
2. To do something free of charge. ‘Please take one of these complimentary brochures.’ How much do these drinks cost? / Nothing, they’re complimentary.
“Your eyes compliment your face.” WRONG. This means that your eyes can talk.
“Your eyes complement your face.” Correct.
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Shade. Shadow. These words sometimes mean the same thing, and sometimes not. Oh, English! Why are you so difficult?
Shade is an outdoors area sheltered from the sun. A tree casts shade, as does a building. The inside of a building? That isn’t shade. This cat? He’s in the shade.
There’s an English phrase that goes, ‘It’s 40 degrees in the shade!’ (It could be another number.) It means that the day is very hot. If it’s 40 degrees in the shade, imagine how hot it is in direct sunlight!
Did you like the picture of the cat in the shade? Okay! Here’s another.
You’ll see on this website that you can learn everything you need about English through cats.
So what’s a shadow? If there’s a light (could be a candle, a flashlight, the sun) and something blocks it – you get a shadow.
Question – Does everyone have a shadow?
Answer – No.
Question – What? Of course everyone has a shadow. Don’t be ridiculous.
Answer – You need to read more books.
Question – You realise Peter Pan HAS a shadow? You can see it RIGHT THERE in the picture.
Answer – Fine, okay. He has a shadow. It just doesn’t go where it’s supposed to. Can we move on now?
Question – Just play the helpful video, will you?