Seriously, people. This is almost worse than not knowing the difference between “you’re” and “your”.
Correct: That dress complements those shoes.
Wrong: That dress compliments those shoes.
Why it’s wrong: Because the dress didn’t go to the shoes and say, “I think you look cool.”
Correct: My compliments to the chef!
Wrong: My complements to the chef!
Why it’s wrong: Are you trying to say that you and the chef go together like peanut butter and jelly?
If you’re still not convinced, go to Dictionary.com and look both words up. There’s even a section for each word about how they’re easily mixed up.
Most common sentence I see on the Web: X compliments each other.
What I’m thinking: “You look good.” “No, YOU look good.” “No way, you look way better than I do!” “Forget that, you make me look like yesterday’s trash!” “You wanna fight about it?” “Put ’em up, tough guy!” Punch, kick, bite. “Heh. You fight exceptionally well.” “Your skills are also good.” “No, you are definitely the better fighter.” “You could wipe the floor with me with your hands tied behind your back.” “You want to go again, fool?!” Punch, kick, tiger claw.
You get the idea.