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called him names #1 (permalink) Sat Jun 25, 2011 15:53 pm   called him names
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #266 "Gerund and Infinitive Practice (5)", question 4

She shouldn't have ......... him names. She is really mean at times.

(a) calls
(b) calling
(c) to call
(d) called

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #266 "Gerund and Infinitive Practice (5)", answer 4

She shouldn't have called him names. She is really mean at times.

Correct answer: (d) called
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Dear teachers,

I cannot understand this sentence.
Does the phrase "call him names" carry the same meaning as "call his names"?

Thanks for your time.
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called him names #2 (permalink) Sun Jun 26, 2011 0:15 am   called him names
 

to call someone names = to give them a mean/hurtful nickname.
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called him names #3 (permalink) Sun Jun 26, 2011 1:46 am   called him names
 

So using pronoun and possessive pronoun here are both acceptable?
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called him names #4 (permalink) Sun Jun 26, 2011 6:49 am   called him names
 

No. Only the objective pronoun.
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called him names #5 (permalink) Sun Jul 31, 2011 15:18 pm   called him names
 

Hello,

Till now I have known that " to call sb's names " means to use insulting word about sb; abuse sb with words = to make rude an offensive remarks to sb; ...is this meaning okay also?

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called him names #6 (permalink) Sun Jul 31, 2011 16:22 pm   called him names
 

That's fine, Kati. If you look closely at the meaning I gave, it is very similar to your definition.
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called him names #7 (permalink) Sun Jul 31, 2011 21:06 pm   called him names
 

Many thanks Bez,

Thanks for your answer. I hope I can use this word well. You know my knowledge can say passive, I know words but I don't know only one or two meanings.

Now I've just watched a film with Leslie Nielsen. It's title was Chance of a Lifetime.Of course it was dubbed. Than every Leslie Nielsen's film, it was very humorous and we laughed lot but in the end I became very sad when it came into my mind that he passed away, he also.

Thanks for your explanation:

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