In the following sentence, is it necessary to use the past in the parentheses? Is it a sequence of tenses at all?

You might create a table in a database using SDC as a model (if it met
all of your needs), and then connect that database with services for
sharing via the web.
  • I would use the present tense -- "if it meets all of your needs". – Hot Licks Feb 14 at 2:59
  • Note that the answer depends to an extent on the nature of entity doing the "meeting". Here it's a passive entity doing the meeting, so what's met yesterday would be met today. If it's a person doing the activity then things could be different. – Hot Licks Feb 14 at 3:11
  • Thanks, @HotLicks. I understand your logic. To me, it may be so that might was used instead of may to emphasize the hypothetical nature of the situation, and this, in turn, entailed the past in the parentheses. – Stas Malavin Feb 14 at 13:02

This is the type 2 conditional ("the unreal past"), even though the if clause is in the parentheses. In type 2 conditionals, the if clause uses the simple past, and the main clause uses the present conditional would/could/might + present simple.

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