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    Jaggers is offline Junior Member
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    Proved, proven - past tense

    In the sentence:

    "Whatever your views on Thatcher, her fears about the European Central Bank have certainly proven to be well-founded."

    would "proved" be better, and if so, why?

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    Re: Proved, proven - past tense

    ''...have proved to be' is preferred by most BE speakers. AE speakers will probably tell you they prefer 'have proven to be' when they wake up later.

    I only use 'proven' as an adjective: 'That's a proven fact'.

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    Re: Proved, proven - past tense

    "In the 20th century, proven has made inroads into the territory once dominated byproved, so that now the two forms compete on equal footing as participles. However, when used as an adjective before a noun, proven is now the more common word: a proven talent." Usage Note
    proved - definition of proved by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Re: Proved, proven - past tense

    Note that 'proven' is generally pronounced /ˈpru:v(ə)n)/. However, in the Scottish trial verdict of not proven, it is /prəʊv(ə)n/. See also this.

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    Re: Proved, proven - past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    ''...have proved to be' is preferred by most BE speakers. AE speakers will probably tell you they prefer 'have proven to be' when they wake up later.
    Confirmed!

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    Re: Proved, proven - past tense

    I, too, prefer "proven."

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