was vs. were
"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."
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.
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