was vs. were

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"She sensed something important were happening and certainly that Bump meant her no harm."

 

When reading the sentence aloud I'm convinced that WERE sounds better, however someone reading it has told me that WAS would be better as in:

 

"She sensed something important was happening and certainly that Bump meant her no harm."

was were asked Jan 29 '13 at 17:17 Bill Hirons New member

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'Was' is the correct verb form. The subject is 'something' which is singular, therefore, a singular verb is needed.

 

She sensed something important was happening and certainly that Bump meant her no harm.

link edited Jan 29 '13 at 17:23 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

The subject of the sentence is She and the ver would be sensed would it not? What is it that she sensed? does this change that in any way?

Bill HironsJan 29 '13 at 17:48

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You are correct. 'She' is the subject of 'sensed'. I was concentrating on the verb 'was/were'. 'Something was' is the proper construction. I also notice another problem with your sentence.  'Certainly' should be separated by commas.

 

 She sensed something important was happening and, certainly, that Bump meant her no harm.

 

She sensed two things. The first was that something important was happening, and the second was that bump meant no harm.

link comment answered Jan 29 '13 at 18:08 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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