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What is the difference between 'complains' and 'complaints'?

What is the difference between 'complains' and 'complaints'?

The words complains and complaints are often confused because they are easy to mistype. But what is the difference?

Complaints means expressions of discontent, pain, or grief when used as a noun.

Complains means expressing discomfort, pain, or unease when used as a verb.

A good way to remember the difference is Complaints has a T because they are things.

Out of the two words, 'complaints' is the most common. It appears about four times more frequently than 'complains'.



It's easy to mix up the noun and verb forms of certain words. Complaints and complains are examples of this common mistake.

Complaints is a noun. It mean "the expressions of discomfort, unease, pain, or grief."

Complains is the third-person singular form of the verb "complain." It means "to express unease or discomfort, to lament."

What's the correct phrase 'the patient complains of' or 'the patient complaints of'?

The right phrase is 'the patient complains of'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

What's the correct phrase 'patient complains of pain' or 'patient complaints of pain'?

You should use 'patient complains of pain'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar spelling.

What's the right phrase ', " he complains' or ', " he complaints'?

The correct phrase is ', " he complains'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

Is the correct phrase 'of which he complains' or 'of which he complaints'?

The correct expression is 'of which he complains'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

Should I use 'patient complains of a' or 'patient complaints of a'?

The right expression is 'patient complains of a'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

Is the correct expression 'the complaints of the' or 'the complains of the'?

You should use 'the complaints of the'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

Is the correct expression 'unfair labor practice complaints' or 'unfair labor practice complains'?

The right phrase is 'unfair labor practice complaints'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar spelling.

Is the correct phrase 'medically unexplained somatic complaints' or 'medically unexplained somatic complains'?

You should use 'medically unexplained somatic complaints'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar spelling.

Which is right 'mock patience dire complaints' or 'mock patience dire complains'?

The correct expression is 'mock patience dire complaints'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

Should I use 'to the complaints of' or 'to the complains of'?

The right expression is 'to the complaints of'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

Some synonyms of complains are: laments, whines, gripes.

Some synonyms of complaints are: disorders, grievances, lamentation.

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.

Dictionary Definition of complainsDictionary Definition of complaints

Examples of complains in a sentence

And she never complains.”
- Changes by Danielle Steel
He complains about rusty hinges and badly oiled locks.
- The Native Star by M. K. Hobson
He complains over the coins and shoves the paper back to me.
- A disobedient girl: a novel by Ru Freeman
Chaya complains about it, too.
- The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
He complains that the other nurses are too restrained with the men, “so cold &
- The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World by Lewis Hyde

Examples of complaints in a sentence

Instead of his usual complaints about how bad business was, he seemed in a rare good mood.
- Villain by Shūichi Yoshida; Philip Gabriel
The crowd went nuts, yelling complaints and throwing rocks.
- The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
Dany realized that she did not want to listen to any of her brother’s complaints right now.
- A Game Of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
You wouldn’t believe the number of complaints I’ve had from parents.”
- The Jewel Box by Anna Davis
But Bea had no complaints today.
- Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
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