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    Question evidence vs. proof

    Hi! Could you please tell me the difference between "evidence" and "proof"? I am not clear about it after I looked them up in my dictionary.

    I made two sentences by myself as below, and could you tell me which words are appropriate?

    1. I have enough evidences/proofs, i.e. statistical figure, to defense my points in my arguement about green house gases are germane to global warming.

    2. Police present some evidences/proofs, i.e. witnesses, a bloody knife, against the defendant on the charge of murdering.

    Many thanks!


    P.S. The definitions are excerpts from the Cambridge Dictionary.

    proof (SHOWING TRUTH) /pru:f/ noun [C or U]
    a fact or piece of information which shows that something exists or is true:
    [+ that] Do they have any proof that it was Hampson who stole the goods?
    I have a suspicion that he's having an affair, though I don't have any concrete (= definite) proof.
    If anyone needs proof of Andrew Davies' genius as a writer, this novel is it.
    "How old are you?" "Twenty-one." "Have you got any proof on you?"
    Keep your receipt as proof of purchase.
    evidence noun [u]
    one or more reasons for believing that something is or is not true:

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    Re: evidence vs. proof

    To have proof you need evidence. If you have enough evidence then you have proof.

    For example if the Police were looking for a murderer and they found a man with blood on his hands. That would be one piece of evidence. If they found a knife in his pocket, that would be more evidence.

    When they have enough evidence they have proof.

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    Re: evidence vs. proof

    Quote Originally Posted by jamiep View Post
    To have proof you need evidence. If you have enough evidence then you have proof.

    For example if the Police were looking for a murderer and they found a man with blood on his hands. That would be one piece of evidence. If they found a knife in his pocket, that would be more evidence.

    When they have enough evidence they have proof.
    Thank you for your illustration.

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