I'd like to know whether the following sentences are properly connected as far as tenses are concerned. The first sentence describes past experience, but the second seems to refer to the present or future. Is this correct?

If you have ever broken a favorite mug, plate, or bowl, you have likely gone through several stages of sorrow. You might even hopelessly try to glue all the pieces back together, but of course, it doesn’t look as good as it did before. You could pay someone to fix it and make it look new again, but this would cost a lot of money and take too long. Tossing it would be an option, but there is another way. The Japanese art of kintsugi shines with broken pottery.

I'd appreciate your help.

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Any writing needs consistency when it comes to tense. If your intention is for this piece of writing to read as if addressed to one single person (the reader) and to reference any possible past experience they had, then you will need to keep referring back to that hypothetical situation.


You might have even tried hopelessly to glue all the pieces back together.

However, you could approach this differently - you could begin by hooking the reader in, referring to their possible past experience, and then change direction to speak more generally, for example:

In such a situation, you/one might try hopelessly to glue all the pieces back together.

  • Do you mean that if "you might try . . ." is retained, some sort of linking phrase is needed?
    – Apollyon
    Oct 13, 2019 at 4:04

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