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Is this sentence Grammarly correct?

The group members discussed their ideas to establish norms.

I am not sure if I can use the present tense (establish) after using past tense (discussed).

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    "establish" is not present there but infinitive. – Gustavson Mar 21 at 19:43
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    And ideas isn't as happy with an infinitive complement as it is with a gerund; I'd say their ideas for establishing norms. – John Lawler Mar 21 at 22:11
  • I'm guessing that you had meant to say grammatically correct. ;) – Jason Bassford Mar 23 at 17:11
  • @JohnLawler, I think this is the infinitive of purpose: it's explaining why they're discussing their ideas. – Brett Reynolds Apr 20 at 13:10
  • Oh, that's a different meaning. If you want it unambiguous, make the infinitive clearly purpose: [[They discussed their ideas ] [to see whether everybody had stated them clearly]]. The one you have could (and most likely would) be taken as an NP complement i.e, [their ideas [to establish norms]], like [their plans [to steal the diamond]]. – John Lawler Apr 20 at 16:12

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