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Oct 2 2008   1:08PM GMT

Quiz: Writing for business — complimentary or complementary?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Tags:
Business writing
commonly confused words
complementary/complimentary
grammar
Quiz
puzzle.jpg Which is correct?
Ajax and Flex are __________ technologies in RIA development for SOA.
a. complementary
b. complimentary

Answer: a

Explanation:
Complementary refers to things that work together to make something more complete. If we say that Ajax and Flex are complimentary, it means that they say nice things.

Complimentary can also mean given freely as a courtesy but the context in which the complimentary item is offered has to be made clear. For example:  Hotels often provide complimentary high-speed Internet for guests.

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