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30 / 05 / 2006

TRY vs. PROVE: meaning and examples

Good morning,

Today we're going to look at two more English verbs which often cause confusion.

TO TRY means: to test for suitability or quality; to taste.

TO PROVE means: to provide evidence.

Example 1:
Speaker 1: This sauce is fabulous! Would you like to try a bit?
Speaker 2: No, thanks. I tried it when I was here last time... it was too salty for me.

Example 2:
Speaker 1: They say Tom has been taking money from the till (caja).
Speaker 2: I don't believe it! Can they prove it?
Speaker 1. They say they caught him on the security cameras.

Both of these words are usually translated into Spanish as probar, but in English they are two separate words.

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