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As a sign of my regard, I want to present you with a [complementary] copy of my book.

 

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As a sign of my regard, I want to present you with a [complimentary] copy of my book.

 

Misspelled word:

Take care in using these frequently confused words.

To complement means “to be compatible” or “to complete”; complementary means “compatible.”

To compliment means “to praise;” complimentary means “given free as a courtesy.”

Remember:  I praise you with an i.

 

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