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    Question Fact/Opinion Distinction (With Examples)

    I have been trying to learn to identify facts from opinions.

    I have been learning from this webpage: http://www.auburn.edu/academic/educa...t-opinion.html

    I used a letter sent by my neighbour about property development in the area and persuading us to write to the council. Most are straightforward but there are a few I am confused about whether they are facts or opinions.

    1. 'We have recently bought the house at 1 Miller Street'. The date the house was bought can be verified but people may differ on what 'recently' means.

    2. 'The developer lodged this application with the Council at the busiest time of the year'. Can it be verified by seeing how many applications the council received at this period compared with the rest of the year?

    3. Can the phrase 'our best interests' ever be a fact?

    4. 'Everyone's objection letter counts' - Sounds unverifiable. Perhaps it is an untested claim as oppose to opinion.

    Thanks,

    Stephen
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    Re: Fact/Opinion Distinction (With Examples)

    Quote Originally Posted by eladamrine View Post
    I have been trying to learn to identify facts from opinions.
    No, you want to distinguish facts from opinions.

    Quote Originally Posted by eladamrine View Post
    I have been learning from this webpage: http://www.auburn.edu/academic/educa...t-opinion.html

    I used a letter sent by my neighbour about property development in the area and urging us to write to the council. Most are straightforward but there are a few I am confused about whether they are facts or opinions.

    1. 'We have recently bought the house at 1 Miller Street'. The date the house was bought can be verified, but people may differ on what 'recently' means.

    2. 'The developer lodged this application with the Council at the busiest time of the year'. Can it be verified by seeing how many applications the council received at this period compared with the rest of the year? Yes

    3. Can the phrase 'our best interests' ever be a fact? No, it is an opinion.

    4. 'Everyone's objection letter counts' - Sounds unverifiable. Perhaps it is an untested claim as opposed to opinion. It is neither a fact nor an opinion. It is an attempt to get you to do something. (My opinion.)

    Thanks,

    Stephen
    You're welcome.

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