To prove is to show something is true or false.
proved / proven
- Can you prove who you are?
- You can prove who you are by showing an ID.
- Edgar proved he was 21 by showing a driver’s license.
- Regina has proven to everyone how good she is at acting (This sentence is in the present perfect tense).
- An experiment can prove whether or not a theory is correct or incorrect.
- A lawyer must prove that a person is guilty before he or she is convicted of a crime.
- A test proves whether or not a student has studied.
- The rumor about the family down the street proved to be false.
- David’s calculus class is proving to be difficult.
- This new software is proving to be effective in preventing problems.
- An eye exam proves how good your eyesight is.
The word "proven" is an adjective:
- This company has a proven track record in the area of employee safety.
- Proven results show that this method will help people lose weight.
- This type of apple tree is a proven winner when it comes to producing good apples.
The word "proof" is a noun:
- Can you show proof of your age?
- An ID is proof of who you say you are.
- There was no proof that the man stole the money, so he was let go.
- We have all the proof we need to make a decision.
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September 17, 2015