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Every morning right after I went to the bathroom, I tell myself

In the sentence above should went and tell agree?

Is above correct?

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No; went should be replaced with go. Tell is present-tense, as is go. Went is past-tense.

Every morning, right after I go to the bathroom, I tell myself…

If you were referring to a specific instance in the past, you could write,

Yesterday morning, right after I went to the bathroom, I told myself…

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You could also use the present perfect: "Every morning, right after I have gone to the bathroom, I tell myself..." –  Kosmonaut Jan 25 '11 at 15:09
    
…or "Every morning, right after going to the bathroom, I tell myself…" –  Jay Jan 25 '11 at 15:18

The sentence you quoted should use the same tense for both verbs. The actions are more or less contemporaneous.

  • Every morning right after I went to the bathroom, I told myself…
  • Every morning right after I go to the bathroom, I tell myself…

Because the first sentence above is in the past tense, it implies you no longer have this habit.

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