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Are these correct and what's the difference?

The fact is that if someone has bamboozled a person in the past, then they are bound to do it again.

The fact is that if someone had bamboozled a person in the past, then they are bound to do it again.

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    You second version has an invalid mixture of tenses. It should be ...then they would be bound to do it again. It's very difficult to come up with a context where it would make sense to end with ...then they were bound to do it again, but syntactically speaking that version would also be fine. And ...then they would have been bound to do it again is also "valid", but it's almost impossible to imagine a context where anyone would want to say that. Commented May 29, 2022 at 11:35
  • Good answer, thanks!
    – GreenKhan
    Commented May 29, 2022 at 12:07

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You[r] second version has an invalid mixture of tenses. It should be ...then they would be bound to do it again.

It's very difficult to come up with a context where it would make sense to end with ...then they were bound to do it again, but syntactically speaking that version would also be fine. And ...then they would have been bound to do it again is also "valid", but it's almost impossible to imagine a context where anyone would want to say that.
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