We know that the past participle of “find” is “found“. For instance:
- What did you find in the cave? I found some treasures there.
Sometimes the word “founded” is used in a sentence but it gives an entirely different meaning. For instance:
- The organisation was founded by a prominent Chinese businessman. (√)
Take note that “founded” has nothing to do with the word “find“. Founded means established.
- find (v.) – discover, experience
- found (v.) – build, establish (an organisation, a company etc.)
- I find working in this company a pleasure.
- I don’t find it funny, so I’m not laughing at your joke.
- She found me an easy person to get along with.
- She founded Doe Ltd. with a friend more than two decades ago.
- I founded my own company when I was only twenty years old.
- The millionaire left a lot of money to his son to found a new property firm.
So, if your teacher tells you that there’s no such word as “founded“, you know that he or she is wrong.