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Facts and opinions

Newspaper reports use facts and opinions to tell their stories. They often use the 5 W's, (who, what, why, where and when) to give the reader as many facts as possible.

When the facts have been given, the person writing the newspaper report sometimes gives their opinion of the story, why it happened or the people in it.

Can you tell which of these sentences are facts and which are opinions?

  • The house exploded at 9.30am exactly.
  • The footballer gets paid too much money and isn't playing well enough.
  • In Western Brazil, carnivals are lively and exciting.
  • Barney, the 32 year old Labrador, is the oldest dog in living memory.
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