Working out the Difference Between Fact and Opinion

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Working out the Difference Between Fact and Opinion

A fact is something with which you cannot argue. It is something that is true.

An opinion is somebody's judgement, or interpretation of facts.

Read the statements on the blackboard below and then click on either the "Fact" or "Opinion" box. Mark your answer and then try the next question:

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Statistics are often used as a way of convincing us that things are facts. They sound more convincing with a precise number. But be careful. Both the figures in the table have been made up. Fora figure to be really convincing it should have a source.

For example:"According to the polling organisation MORI..."

Read the opening paragraphs of the following two articles...

Working out the Difference Between Fact and Opinion
Working out the Difference Between Fact and Opinion

The first article is obviously more opinion-based, the secondmore factual.

  • But how many facts are there in the second one?
  • Is the first sentence a fact?

The answer is no.

It may be meant to sound factual, but without evidence it is merely an assertion.

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