‘Complaint’ and ‘complain’ sound and look very similar, but what’s the difference between these two words? And how to you use them properly? We’ll go over that in detail in this article, plus teach you how to use both words correctly in a sentence.
Need a quick answer? Here it is:
While the words look similar, they have slightly different meanings.
You just learned the subtle differences between these two words. The former is expressed as a verb, and the latter is expressed as a noun.
So, you can see the difference is slight, but it exists. Therefore, you should never use the words interchangeably.
The difference between these very similar words is the way they’re used.
You might say someone made a complaint. But you wouldn’t say that they made a ‘complain.’
You could say that they complain a lot, but not that they ‘complaint’ a lot.
But you could say that they made a lot of ‘complaints.’
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of ‘complaint’ is an expression of grief, pain, or dissatisfaction, or something that’s the cause or subject of protest or outcry.
It might also refer to a disease or ailment affecting the body or a formal allegation against a party.
‘Complain’ as a verb is defined as to express grief, pain, or discontent or to make a formal accusation or charge.
Synonyms of the word(s) include:
Are you wondering how to pronounce these words correctly? Here’s a quick guide.
Let’s see some examples of how to use ‘complaint’ in a sentence.
Now, let’s see some examples of ‘complain’ in a sentence.
To recap, we learned that the difference between these words is:
These words might look similar, but they have slightly different meanings.
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