It sneaks into our language often enough that it deserves a moment in the spotlight—a moment in the spotlight before we hopefully make it completely disappear.
Remember, “complimentative” is not actually a word. Neither is “complimentive” or any other variation in spelling.
“Complimentary” or “complementary” are probably what you’re looking for if any of these other forms come out of your mouth.
- That free toaster for being one of the first one hundred customers? It’s complimentary.
- That lovely pairing of cheese and wine? They’re complementary.
- That little old lady who always gushes about your eye color. She’s complimentary.
“Complimentary” and “complimentary” have their moments of confusion (see Get a Grip on Your Grammar for that break-down), but know that “complimentative” is never the right answer. Please take a moment to strike it from your vocabulary.
The world will appreciate it.
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