Derived forms of provenprovenly, adverb
Words nearby proven
PROVEN VS. PROVED
What’s the difference between proven and proved?
Proven and proved 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 proven or I have proved) or past perfect (as in I had proven or I had proved).
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 proven or It was proved.
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 proven and proved 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 proven in a sentence
Speculation raged that Duke agreed not to run as part of the deal, though it was never proven.
Critics accused Foster of giving Duke a payoff to stay out of the race; that was never proven.
“I am being proven right about massive vaccinations” he tweeted in September.
The North Korean hackers have proven to be a persistent adversary, if not the most skilled one.
But these must be proven under a signed and sworn statement and judged reasonable by the DOH.No More Paper Prescriptions: Docs Fight Fraud by Going Electronic|Dale Eisinger|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That there is a distinct field for such a book is proven by the unexpectedly large demand for the first edition.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car|Thomas D. Murphy
Though he lacked the highest moral courage, his physical bravery was proven on many a stricken field from Valladolid to Warsaw.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
It is well known that these declarations of science are mere speculations, plausible indeed, but nowhere proven to be true.Gospel Philosophy|J. H. Ward
I should have remembered the consequences to the Countess if it were proven that she had been championing a fraud.In Search of the Unknown|Robert W. Chambers
But there are other ways of explaining all these things, and perhaps it may be proven that there are better ways.