When he...............her as a cheater, she complained him to the master.

A) had called
B) called
C) has called
D) was called

In the module, the correct answer is B), but I didn't grasp it well.

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    Called in the simple past tense matches complained in the second half of the sentence. (If you have copied it accurately, there are two errors in the sentence - it should be called her a cheater and complained about him.) Feb 20, 2022 at 14:58
  • The original sentence is clearly ungrammatical, see Kate Bunting's comment. I would check very carefully that you copied it correctly.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Feb 21, 2022 at 21:02

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B) called

He called- simple past tense

She complained- simple past tense

He had called- past perfect tense

When one action comes straight after another, we use the simple past tense for both. We use when to mean ‘(at) the time that’.

When he called ... she complained...

We can use the past perfect to say that one thing finished and then something else happened.

[ ...called her a ...(NOT called her as a...)

...complained about him (NOT complained him) ]

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