Many times people use pay and give interchangeably with the compliment. Could you please tell me which one is correct?

He paid her a compliment.


He gave her a compliment.

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pay compliment is an idiom and pay is used in the sense of to give someone a compliment, consequently, both examples are correct in that they convey the same idea.

Another way to express it would be:

He complimented her.

The last example uses compliment as a verb.


Both are correct and understandable to mean he said something favourable or nice about her.

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