Compliment vs Complement - English Grammar - Teaching Tips


In this video we explain the difference between 'compliment' and 'complement'. Both used as a verb and a noun, 'compliment' expresses something nice about someone, for example: I complimented my brother on his delicious cooking. In this example, the word 'compliment' is used as a verb. Let's take a look at a sentence where it is used as a noun: I gave my brother a compliment on his delicious cooking. The word "complement" on the other hand is used when two things go well together, or complete each other. The word is especially often used to indicate that two foods go well together. It is also often used in fashion, such as here: 'Her black dress complements her red hair,' or 'That wine complements the fish very well'. This should clear up any confusion.

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English has three different time; the past, the present and the futur.
Each one has four aspects; simple, continuous, perfect and perfect continuou.
This gives us four present tense.
Each tense has 3 forms; affirmative (positive), negative and questio.
The most common use of present simple tense is to talk about habit/routines and general facts/truth.
Its structure consists of subject, base form of the verb, auxiliary verb do/does, and \"not\" for negative for.
Note that the verb changes its form depending on the subject, whether it's singular or plura.
He plays socce.
I don't play socce.
Do you play soccer? The present continuous tense, also known as present progressive tense, is used to talk about actions in progress at the time of speaking and around the time of speakin.
It is made with the present simple tense of the auxiliary verb \"be\" and the present participle (verb+ing) of the main ver.
He is playing socce.
I'm (I am) not playing socce.
Are you playing soccer? The present perfect tense relates the past to the presen.
It is used to talk about indefinite actions, unfinished past actions, and past actions with present result.
It is made with the auxiliary verb \"have/has\" and the past participle of the main ver.
He has played socce.
I haven't (have not) played socce.
Have you played soccer? The present perfect continuous tense combines the present continuous and the present perfect usage.
It is used to talk about incomplete and ongoing activities with duration and recently finished activities with present result.
It is made with the auxiliary verb \"have/has\", the past participle of \"be\" (been) and the main verb in its ing-for.
He has been playing soccer for three year.
I haven't (have not) been playing soccer since last yea.
Have you been playing soccer? Different activities can be applied in teaching tense.
These activities will be in the activate stage of the lesso.
It's focus is to build fluency and use the language in a free flowing and communicative wa.
Different factors should be considered; will the activity be too short or too long, ages of the learners, language levels, class sizes, student's interests/cultures and student's talk tim.
Understanding and teaching the different uses of each present tense and the comparison with other tenses, along with giving the appropriate applications and activities to the students, will produce better results in student?s learning of present tense.
Understanding the uses of these tenses would make it easier for the students to apply them to their everyday Englis.

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