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Fact and Opinion
My sister is two years younger than me. Is this an opinion or a fact?

Fact and Opinion

An 'opinion' is the view somebody takes about a certain matter or subject. A 'fact' is something that can be shown to be true. Here are two examples:

  • Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world
  • Roses are more beautiful than tulips

One of them is an opinion and one is fact - do you know which is which? The first is a fact and the second is an opinion. Opinions are expressions of our beliefs. Facts, on the other hand, are expressions of what is true: even if we, personally, don't want to believe them.

See if you can get all ten questions correct in this 11-plus English quiz on fact and opinion.

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1.
Which one of the following statements is a fact?
My sister is two years younger than me
People should adopt stray dogs
Safe drugs should be legalized
The 'stop and search' powers of the police should be restricted
This is a fact which can be proved
2.
Which one of the following statements is an opinion?
English is a West Germanic language of the Indo-European family of languages
The death penalty should be brought back for the crime of murder
100 degrees centigrade is the same as 212 degrees Fahrenheit
Diamond, graphite and amorphous carbon are all forms of carbon
It's an opinion: many people may not agree with this opinion
3.
Which one of the following statements is an opinion?
The Nile is the longest river in Africa
The largest lake in the world is the Caspian Sea
The capital of Wales is Cardiff
Blue is a nicer colour than brown
It's an opinion: many people may not agree with this opinion
4.
Which one of the following statements is an opinion?
Manila is the capital of the Philippines
C. S. Lewis wrote 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'
The French language is harder than the English language
Columbus discovered America in 1492
It's an opinion: many people may not agree with this opinion
5.
Which one of the following statements is a fact?
Butterflies are prettier than birds
Caravaggio was the best sixteenth century artist
Holland is also known as The Netherlands
Florence is the most interesting Italian city
This is a fact which can be proved
6.
Which one of the following statements is an opinion?
The principal language spoken in the Philippines is called Tagalog. (Did you know that?)
The Titanic sank in April 1912 with the loss of 1,503 lives
The tallest structure (building) in the world is the 830 m Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Prisoners should lose the right to vote
It's an opinion: many people may not agree with this opinion
7.
Which one of the following statements is an opinion?
The capital of Poland is Warsaw
Paris is a more interesting city than Budapest
The principal language of Brazil is Portuguese
Coffee and tea contain caffeine
It's an opinion: many people may not agree with this opinion
8.
Which one of the following statements is a fact?
Silver jewellery is more attractive than gold jewellery
Less should be spent on space exploration, and more should be spent on helping people in need
New York is the most exciting city in the world
The battle of Waterloo was fought in 1815
This is a fact which can be proved
9.
Which one of the following statements is a fact?
McDonald's burgers are tastier than Burger King's
An acid combined with a base produces a salt and water
Curly hair is more attractive than straight hair
Horses are nicer than ponies
This is a fact which can be proved
10.
Which one of the following statements is a fact?
Holidays in Greece are nicer than holidays in Spain
She looks nicer in blue than in red
The Chinese invented silk, tea, printing, porcelain, paper and gunpowder
Coca-Cola isn't as nice as Pepsi
This is a fact which can be proved
Author:  Frank Evans

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