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Facts and Opinions


Think about the following two sentences:

Missouri is north of Arkansas.
Strawberry ice cream is the best flavor.

The first claim is a fact and is true independently of what anyone thinks or feels. The second claim is different; it is an opinion. Some people may like strawberry ice cream the best while others may prefer chocolate.


In Search of Truths

Claims

Claims are declarative sentences that can be either true or false.

Opinions

Opinions are subjective claims. They are based on what someone believes or how someone feels about something.

Facts

Facts are true claims. They are supported by evidence.

To determine if information that you get from sources such as a website, a TV news program, or a book is a fact or an opinion you'll need to consider how well the claim is supported by the evidence.

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