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Fill in the blanks with words given within parentheses by applying appropriate tenses :

Yesterday while I _________ (travel) in a bus, I _______ (happen) to see a gentleman whom at first I _______ (think) I ___________ (not see) him before. Then I ________ (realize) that he _________ (be) a friend of mine during my school days.

My attempt : Yesterday while I was traveling in a bus, I happened to see a gentleman whom at first I thought I haven't seen him before. Then I realized that he had been a friend of mine during my school days.

The only thing which confuses me is the portion... "I thought I haven't seen him before." Grammarly app suggests that it should be "I thought I hadn't seen him before."

Can anybody please check it?

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    FYI, there's actually something amiss in the text itself (nothing to do with your answers): ...whom at first I _______I _______him before should read whom at first I _______I_______before (the "him" should come out).
    – Isabel Archer
    Jun 9, 2020 at 11:32

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Your answer is correct. There's nothing wrong about it.

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    The only thing which confuses me is the portion... "I thought I haven't seen him before." Grammarly app suggests that it should be "I thought I hadn't seen him before."
    – math maniac.
    Jun 9, 2020 at 6:15
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    It's odd that "him" is in the sentence. Without it, you have I happened to see a gentleman whom at first I thought I hadn't seen before. This works very nicely. If you leave "him" in, you need to add "about": I happened to see a gentleman about whom at first I thought, "I haven't seen him before". This is a bit unwieldy.
    – Isabel Archer
    Jun 9, 2020 at 11:33

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