OTHER WORDS FOR prove
Origin of prove
usage note for prove
historical usage of prove
OTHER WORDS FROM prove
PROVED VS. PROVEN
What’s the difference between proved and proven?
Proved and proven are both acceptable past participle forms of the verb prove. This means they can both be used in constructions that are classified as present perfect (as in I have proved or I have proven) or past perfect (as in I had proved or I had proven).
In these cases, these past participle forms are paired with a form of the helping verb (auxiliary verb) has. However, they can also be used in passive constructions that don’t use a helping verb, as in It was proved or It was proven.
While proved can also be used as the simple past tense form of prove, as in You proved me wrong, proven cannot (for example, it would be ungrammatical to say You proven me wrong).
Though both words can technically be used as adjectives, proven is far more commonly used this way, as in a proven method or a proven fact.
Here’s an example of proved and proven used correctly in the same sentence.
Example: This study has proved that it often takes a long period of time for things that have been scientifically proven to be accepted as proven facts by a majority of people.
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How to use prove in a sentence
Huckabee will also need to establish a reliable fundraising base, something that up until now has proved to be elusive.
But Cocker proved to be a survivor, bringing his passionate persona to concert halls around the world decade after decade.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker|Ted Gioia|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For those unfamiliar, soba is buckwheat noodle dish—and they proved much more popular amongst the public.
Tests at the clinic proved what she suspected: she was pregnant.States Slap Pregnant Women With Harsher Jail Sentences|Emily Shire|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These crimes of fashion proved the men were feminine and thus gay and therefore worthy of incarceration.
His 6,000 native auxiliaries (as it proved later on) could not be relied upon in a civil war.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
But it was not only as an organiser and transmitter of orders that Berthier proved his usefulness to his chief.
By the end of the campaign of 1796 he had proved that he was as great a chief of the staff as Bonaparte was a great commander.
To Harry's surprise, the soldier detailed to go with him proved to be a boy, not much older than himself.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
"Marco's" reply conclusively proved his possession of a Christian spirit.
British Dictionary definitions for prove
Derived forms of proveprovable, adjectiveprovability, nounprovably, adverb
Word Origin for prove
Other Idioms and Phrases with prove
In addition to the idiom beginning with prove
- prove out
- exception proves the rule