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After several years, Rubin left to found Danger, Inc.

Is this grammatically correct?

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Isn't this in the past tense? –  Jimi Oke Apr 21 '11 at 3:32
    
Yeah, that's definitely not future tense. –  advs89 Apr 21 '11 at 4:52
    
I didn't know how to construct my question.. Sorry. –  Lelouch Lamperouge Apr 21 '11 at 6:24
    
I know that it isn't the future tense. –  Lelouch Lamperouge Apr 21 '11 at 6:24
    
"To found" is in the infinitive. Left is in the past tense. –  Kosmonaut Apr 21 '11 at 12:29

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After several years, Rubin left to found Danger, Inc.

Yes, that’s grammatically correct. It’s not the future tense, though. Left is past tense, and to found is the infinitive. The sentence describes something that has already happened.

But the future will found is fine too:

The male (small, dark ant) will soon die, and the queen will found a new colony.

The link between the two works is the Trojan hero Aeneas, but more specifically, it is his ultimate mission that impels him to leave Dido and Carthage for Italy where he will found the Roman empire as a new Troy.

FIVB critics will found new federation in Copenhagen

The last is a headline; the other two are from COCA.

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(+1) for an accurate answer and strong examples. –  Karl Apr 21 '11 at 5:52

Yes. Found is the present tense of a verb meaning to establish or create a company or institution.

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okay, thank you. –  Lelouch Lamperouge Apr 21 '11 at 6:25

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