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Which Tense is correct to use with world Realised ?

e.g..

a ) I realized that I had been cheated by my friend.

b ) I realized that I was cheated by my friend.

For me both sentence construction seems correct as per context.

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I realized I had been cheated by my friend. The realization happened in the past and the cheating by your friend had happened before that, so in this case you use past perfect.

I realize now I was cheated by my friend. Looking at the past from a present perspective.

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