La diferencia entre Halago y Complemento

La diferencia entre “Halago” y “Complemento”

La diferencia entre “Halago” y “Complemento”

La diferencia entre "Halago" y "Complemento"

“Halago” y “complemento” son fáciles de confundir porque ambos significados se relacionan con la expresión de positividad y suenan muy similares (es decir, son casi homónimos).

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  • “To compliment” means to give praise. For example:
    • I would like to compliment you on your new haircut. ✔️
  • “A compliment” is an expression of praise. For example:
    • She gave me a nice compliment about my painting style. ✔️


  • “To complement” means to enhance. For example:
    • Your new haircut will complement your eyes. ✔️
  • “A complement” is an enhancement. For example:
    • My mother only uses mustard as a complement for mashed potato. ✔️

More about “Compliment”

Como sustantivo, un “cumplido” es una expresión de alabanza. Particularmente cuando se usa con “mi”, a menudo se ve en la forma plural “cumplidos”. Por ejemplo:

  • Please give my compliments to the chef for such a wonderful meal.
  • When I said your eyes looked misty, I meant that as a compliment.
  • Tell the cook of this restaurant with my compliments that these are the very worst sandwiches in the whole world, and that, when I ask for a watercress sandwich, I do not mean a loaf with a field in the middle of it. (Playwright Oscar Wilde)
    (“Compliments” means good wishes, regards, or respect.)

More about “Complement”

Un “complemento” es una mejora. Un “complemento” realza otra cosa o va bien con ella. Por ejemplo:

  • Cranberry sauce is a complement for turkey. ✔️
  • The cashew nuts were an excellent complement for the soup. ✔️
    (The cashew nuts went well with the soup.)
  • The drums were a perfect complement to their dancing style. ✔️
    (The drums enhanced their dancing style.)

“Complemento” también puede significar composición o maquillaje. (Con este significado, a menudo se ve en el término “complemento completo”, que significa “el número entero”). Por ejemplo:

  • Do you have your full complement of men? ✔️

The Verbs “To Compliment” and “To Complement”

Los ejemplos anteriores se relacionan con sustantivos. Sin embargo, ambas palabras existen como verbos.

  • I would like to compliment the pilot on such a smooth landing.  ✔️
    (I would like to praise the pilot.)
  • The jade and silver cufflinks complement the green tie.  ✔️
    (The jade and silver cufflinks go well with the green tie.)
  • He has worked hard for many years to break my record. I can only complement him for such terrific dedication. ❌
    (This should be “compliment” not “complement.”)

Complimentary and Complementary

Los adjetivos “complementario” y “complementario” también causan confusión.


“Complementario” tiene dos significados. Quiere decir expresar elogio o gratis. Por ejemplo:

  • Her review was extremely complimentary. ✔️
    (Here, “complimentary” means expressing praise.)
  • All drinks are complimentary. ✔️
    (Here, “complimentary” means free.)


“Complementario” se usa para describir cosas que se combinan para mejorar un resultado. Por ejemplo:

  • Our skills were different but complementary. ✔️

Ways to Remember “Compliment” and “Complement”

  • “To compliment” and “to praise” both contain the letter i.
  • “To complement” and “to enhance” both contain two e’s.

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