Student or Learner
We have just been looking at a story about pyramids and the following sentences were in it:
However, scientists have proved that this is wrong. (british)
... but this has been proven to be wrong. (american)
One co-worker has said that they are both correct (one is British and one is American) but that there should not be a mix of us in the one story.
Does anyone have an opinion? Is one defn british use and one american?
Any help is appreciated.
For complex historical reasons, 'prove' developed two past participles: 'proved' and 'proven'. Both are correct and can be used more or less interchangeably. 'Proven' is the more common form when used as an adjective before the noun it modifies: 'a proven talent' (not : 'a proved talent'). Otherwise, the choice between them is not a matter of correctness, but usually of sound and rhythm—and often, consequently, a matter of familiarity, as in the legal idiom : 'innocent until proven guilty'.