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Facts vs Opinion

Notes & exercise
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ELC 500
ACADEMY OF LANGUAGE STUDIES
ELC 500
The objective of this tutorial is to provide a brief overview on FACTS VS. OPINION

Learning outcomes:

You will distinguish between fact and opinion.

It is best that you USE recommended texts at
hand while perusing through the slides for
ease of understanding.

Please attempt the exercise at the end of each section to further enhance your knowledge on the topic.
STUDY THE PICTURE BELOW:
INTRODUCTION

FACTS

NOTES

EXERCISE 1

EXERCISE 2


OPINION

NOTES

EXERCISE 1

EXERCISE 2
“Men (and women) have become tools of their tools”
Henry David Thoreau
What FACTS do you know about the
animal in this image?
What OPINION do you have about it?
List your ideas
Facts are statements that can be proven.

Facts may be true or false.

But facts can be proven.

You can check to confirm or verify the fact.

The proof must be objective and verifiable.

What are FACTS?
E.g. :

In 1998, Bill Clinton was the President of the United States. (Consult newspapers, news broadcasts, election results, etc.)

Earth revolves around the sun. (Look it up in encyclopedias, astrological journals; it’s a well-known fact)

Dogs walk on four legs. (See it for yourself)
Statistically, women live longer than men.

Most buses weigh more than most cars.

There are ten inches in a foot. (False; there are twelve inches in a foot)
WHAT IS OPINION?
Opinions are statements that cannot be proven.

Opinions can be argued.
Opinions may be
supported with facts.
Opinions cannot
be proven.

Opinions express
personal beliefs
or judgment
Opinions reveal how someone
feels about a subject.
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