Today I was discussing something with my boss and I said the following sentence:

I'd rather we experimented with things we haven't tried yet

I said that as a response to an idea of reusing an old piece of tech for our next project. I'm wondering whether this is correct considering the past tense in "experimented". Should I have continued on with that tense in the rest of my sentence? Like so:

I'd rather we experimented with things we hadn't tried yet

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"experimented" is not real but unreal past, being required by "I'd rather." Its meaning is present. Therefore, the present perfect is fine to refer to things you haven't experimented so far.


  • I'd rather we started experimenting with things we haven't tried yet.

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