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  1. Banned
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    #1

    proven record, track record

    What is the difference and when should one or the other be used?

    Examples:
    They have a proven record/track record of success.
    They have a proven record/track record of managing it the right way.
    They have a proven record/track record in real estate.

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    #2

    Re: proven record, track record

    The difference is slight and subtle. The phrase "track record" is commonly used and widely understood, but it comes from the world of horse racing, which some consider disreputable. So in a very formal context such as a job application you might prefer "proven" over "track". In less formal contexts "track" is fine.
    Last edited by probus; 23-Feb-2017 at 05:19.

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