Proved vs Proven

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verb; verified or confirmed as true; demonstrated.


1. She proved her loyalty by helping him in his time of need.

2. The experiment proved to be a success.

3. His hard work proved to be worth the effort.



alternative spelling of 'proved.'


1. The efficacy of the new medication has been proven in clinical trials.

2. Her success in the industry is proven by the awards she has won.

3. The documents you submitted to the court have proven your innocence.

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1. Demonstrated

2. Affirmed

3. Validated

4. Confirmed

5. Established beyond doubt

1. Disproved

2. Refuted

3. Rejected

4. Denied

5. Contradicted


1. Demonstrated

2. Established

3. Verified

4. Tested

5. Confirmed

1. Disputed

2. Unverified

3. Unsubstantiated

4. Unconfirmed

5. Not Established

Tricks for mastery

Useful tips to understand the difference between confusing words "Proved", "Proven".

1. Both spellings are correct.

2. You may use both versions interchangeably.

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Frequently asked questions

In what situations should the first word be used?

'Proved' is the standard past tense and past participle form of the verb 'prove.' It should be used when describing actions or situations that have been verified, confirmed, or demonstrated as true. For example, 'She proved her theory through rigorous experimentation.'

When is the appropriate context for using the second word?

'Proven' is an alternative spelling of 'proved' and can be used interchangeably in the same contexts. Both words are used to convey the same meaning of something being verified or confirmed. For instance, 'His dedication to the project has proven/proved invaluable.'

Do the two words share the same pronunciation?

No, prooved is pronounced /pruːvd/ while proven is pronounced /ˈpruː.vən/.

What are some common mistakes people make when using these words?

One common mistake is assuming that 'proven' and 'proved' have different meanings due to their spelling variations. They have the same meaning and can be used interchangeably. However, 'proved' is more common in American English, while 'proven' is often preferred in British English. It's essential to use the appropriate spelling based on the dialect or style guide you are following.

Fill in the gaps to check yourself

1. His commitment to his team has been ________ beyond doubt.

2. His credentials have been ________ to be authentic.

3. After a long trial, the defendants guilt was ________.

4. The theory has been ________ to be incorrect.

5. She ________ her loyalty to the cause.

6. It ________ that he was innocent of the crime.

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