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hello grammarians continuing our journey through the world of frequently confused words I'd like to begin with complement with two E's and complement with an eye enemy how the heck do we keep these separate well first let's get some definitions complement with two E's Co MP le M ent is a verb and it means to match pair or work well with something as in that hat complements your suit Melvin there's a guy Melvin there's this very fine hat and the same color as his suit so it matches or pairs or works well with something because these are the same color so they look nice together maybe a little matchy-matchy and give him some gold epaulettes shake it up a little bit Melvin there you go compliment with an i' co MP l i am ENT is a verb that means to praise or noun that just means praise so complement with an e is the verb of actually matching but when we point it out and we say that hat complements your suit melvin and we say that looks pretty good melvin that in itself is a compliment so this sentence is a compliment so Melvin would say in response thank you for the compliment so I can see how this is confusing so when two things go together well like visually or sonically or however you say they complement one another when two people work well as a team you can say their skills complement one another and if you point that out in a way that is praiseworthy if you say ah Melvin that is a dope ensemble you are rockin today that is a compliment with an I so you are praising it this one is a classic so we've got desert over here and desert over here so these words look a little similar but they are pronounced two different languages which is to our benefit so these are both nouns so desert with as uh sound is dry sandy land so for example this is a depiction of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and Mexico right so this is a saguaro cactus that there's a barrel cactus that's a Palo Verde there's a little kit Fox so when you see desert with 1s as opposed to desert with two S's what I want you to imagine is water a long flowing river made of asses and that when you're in a desert there just isn't as much there isn't as much water so 1s means less water means cacti and little kit foxes and gila monsters desert with two S's it's like an ice cream sundae we got some vanilla ice cream we got some strawberry ice cream and then this black ice cream is licorice ice cream which is actually delicious and I encourage you to try it and then this if you couldn't tell is that yeah so what is a desert so a desert is a noun and it is a sweet food eaten after a meal certainly doesn't have to be this banana split this ice cream sundae it could be anything sweet some cookies cake chocolate the sorts of things that you would not find in a desert so keeping these two words straight desert and desert is really one of abundance when there's two S's it means a times are good we're doing so well we can have ice cream if you're missing that second s it means things are a little lean there's not a lot of water there's a lot of cacti and rattlesnakes don't get me wrong I have had some excellent deserts with two S's in desert places there happens to be a very fine ice cream parlor in Scottsdale Arizona but what I'm trying to say is that in the land form that we call a desert with 1s you are unlikely to find an ice cream sundae just sitting out you can learn anything David out