[seqfan] Re: A000000
rkg at cpsc.ucalgary.ca
Wed Jun 16 21:43:06 CEST 2010
The past participle `proven' is of the obsolete
verb `to preve', meaning to test (NOT `prove'
in the mathematical sense, whatever that might be).
It survives in the third verdict in Scottish law:
Not Proven. Also in `proof' of spiritous liquors,
which is out of 200. Anything over 100 still
allows gunpowder, after being wetted with it, to
burn. Also in phrases such as `a well proven
remedy' which usually works, but not always. R.
On Wed, 16 Jun 2010, Robert Israel wrote:
> On Wed, 16 Jun 2010, N. J. A. Sloane wrote:
>> PS and the past tense of "to prove" is "proved", not "proven".
>>> conjectured to be empty or proven empty.
>> Best regards
> The past tense is "proved", but the past participle and attributive
> adjective can be either "proved" or "proven". See e.g.
> Robert Israel israel at math.ubc.ca
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> University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC, Canada
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