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Facts and Opinions

Facts and opinions

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What is a fact?
A fact is something that can be checked and
corroborated with evidence.
Example:

In 2010, Lionel Messi was named FIFA


World Footballer of The Year.

We can check these details by looking at FIFA


records.

What is a fact?
Facts are often used in conjunction with research and
study. The following fact can be supported by
information collected in the census.
Example:

According to UK Government national


statistics in 2004, approximately one in
five people in the UK were aged under 16.

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What is an opinion?
An opinion is based on a belief or view.
It is not based on evidence that can be checked.
Example:

Wayne Rooney is the best football player in the


English Premier League.

Some people might think there are other players in the


English Premier League who are better than Wayne
Rooney.

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Is it the best place?


Some people might
prefer somewhere
different.

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Is it the best place?


Some people might
prefer somewhere
different.

People
have
different opinions
about what makes
a good holiday.

Is it the best place?


Some people might
prefer somewhere
different.

People
have
different opinions
about what makes
a good holiday.

This is a fact.
It is by the
sea.

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Is it the best place?


Some people might
prefer somewhere
different.

People
have
different opinions
about what makes
a good holiday.
These
things
might not be
important
to
everyone.

This is a fact.
It is by the
sea.

Is it the best place?


Some people might
prefer somewhere
different.

People
have
different opinions
about what makes
a good holiday.
These
things
might not be
important
to
everyone.

This is a fact.
It is by the
sea.

How can you


be sure of this?

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This advert uses facts and opinions to


sell us a holiday.
When we read an advert we can decide
if we agree with what they are telling us
or if we dont agree.

Distinguishing between

fact and opinion

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Facts and opinions

How do we distinguish between fact and


opinion?

Facts and opinions

How do we distinguish between fact and


opinion?

look at the language used

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Examples of the language we use to express facts:


This review has demonstrated
According to the results of the latest poll
The latest findings confirm
Researchers have recently discovered

Facts and opinions

Examples of the language we use to express


opinions:
The company claims that
The research team argues that
In Professor Donalds view
Most experts in this field suspect that

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Read the following article.

Facts and opinions

Michael Owen unhappy about Newcastle United boos


Manchester United striker Michael Owen says he was disappointed after being
booed by Newcastle fans during Tuesday's 0-0 draw at St James's Park.
The former Newcastle man was booed when he came on after 81 minutes.
Owen said on Twitter: Got a poor reception from the home fans which was
disappointing. Was desperate to score!
He added: I knew I would get booed that's what a lot of fans do. But if they
knew the facts then they would have a different opinion."

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Michael Owen unhappy about Newcastle United boos


Manchester United striker Michael Owen says he was disappointed after being
booed by Newcastle fans during Tuesday's 0-0 draw at St James's Park.
The former Newcastle man was booed when he came on after 81 minutes.
Owen said on Twitter: Got a poor reception from the home fans which was
disappointing. Was desperate to score!
He added: I knew I would get booed that's what a lot of fans do. But if they
knew the facts then they would have a different opinion."

Michael Owen knows that there is a difference between fact and


opinion.
He is disappointed by the fans opinion of him but believes that
knowing the facts might change that opinion.

Facts and opinions

Michael Owen unhappy about Newcastle United boos


Manchester United striker Michael Owen says he was disappointed after being
booed by Newcastle fans during Tuesday's 0-0 draw at St James's Park.
The former Newcastle man was booed when he came on after 81 minutes.
Owen said on Twitter: Got a poor reception from the home fans which was
disappointing. Was desperate to score!
He added: I knew I would get booed that's what a lot of fans do. But if they
knew the facts then they would have a different opinion."

A fact is something that can be proved to be correct.


An opinion is what someone thinks or believes. It cannot be
proved to be correct or incorrect.

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Facts and opinions

Owen joined Newcastle from Real Madrid for 16m in


2005 and scored 30 goals in 79 appearances in an injuryhit four years on Tyneside.

Owen joined Newcastle from Real Madrid.


The transfer cost 16 million.
The transfer took place in 2005.
He scored 30 goals in 79 appearances.
He spent four years on Tyneside (another name for
Newcastle)

Facts and opinions

Owen joined Newcastle from Real Madrid for 16m in


2005 and scored 30 goals in 79 appearances in an injuryhit four years on Tyneside.

Owen joined Newcastle from Real Madrid.


The transfer cost 16 million.
The transfer took place in 2005.
He scored 30 goals in 79 appearances.
He spent four years on Tyneside (another name for
Newcastle)

All these statements can be checked and proved by looking at


the records.
These are facts.

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Facts and opinions

Owen said: "When I meet Newcastle or Liverpool fans


they all respect what I've done for their clubs. In
stadiums it changes, one boo and the rest follow.
Newcastle or Liverpool fans respect what he has done.
(Some probably do, but do all of them? How could it
be proved?)
One boo and the rest follow. (It may seem so, but how
could it be proved?)

Facts and opinions

Owen said: "When I meet Newcastle or Liverpool fans


they all respect what I've done for their clubs. In
stadiums it changes, one boo and the rest follow.
Newcastle or Liverpool fans respect what he has done.
(Some probably do, but do all of them? How could it
be proved?)
One boo and the rest follow. (It may seem so, but how
could it be proved?)
Facts can be proved to be correct.
Opinions might also be correct but they cant be proved.
These are opinions.

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Facts and opinions

Exercise

Identify the facts and opinions in the following text.

facts

D
D
D
d

opinions

D
D
D
d

The twenty-first century

Firstly, I think health is better in the 21st century because


there are more doctors, nurses, opticians.
Secondly, in my opinion, the law and military and police are a good
thing about the 21st century because the police are very important
to keep the peace. The military is important to defeat the enemy.
Education is better than war. We learn different things, such as the
English language, maths, computers, arts, etc.
Communication is very important. It is better than before. We have
telephones, fax, email, television, mobiles, newspapers and
magazines.
Transport and travel have improved. We can travel all over the world
quickly because we have a lot of aeroplanes, trains, cars, ships.

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The twenty-first century

Firstly, I think health is better in the 21st century because


there are more doctors, nurses, opticians.
Secondly, in my opinion, the law and military and police are a good
thing about the 21st century because the police are very important
to keep the peace. The military is important to defeat the enemy.
Education is better than war. We learn different things, such as the
English language, maths, computers, arts, etc.
Communication is very important. It is better than before. We have
telephones, fax, email, television, mobiles, newspapers and
magazines.
Transport and travel have improved. We can travel all over the world
quickly because we have a lot of aeroplanes, trains, cars, ships.

The twenty-first century

Firstly, I think health is better in the 21st century because


there are more doctors, nurses, opticians.
Secondly, in my opinion, the law and military and police are a good
thing about the 21st century because the police are very important
to keep the peace. The military is important to defeat the enemy.
Education is better than war. We learn different things, such as the
English language, maths, computers, arts, etc.
Communication is very important. It is better than before. We have
telephones, fax, email, television, mobiles, newspapers and
magazines.
Transport and travel have improved. We can travel all over the world
quickly because we have a lot of aeroplanes, trains, cars, ships.

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The twenty-first century

Firstly, I think health is better in the 21st century because


there are more doctors, nurses, opticians.
Secondly, in my opinion, the law and military and police are a good
thing about the 21st century because the police are very important
to keep the peace. The military is important to defeat the enemy.
Education is better than war. We learn different things, such as the
English language, maths, computers, arts, etc.
Communication is very important. It is better than before. We have
telephones, fax, email, television, mobiles, newspapers and
magazines.
Transport and travel have improved. We can travel all over the world
quickly because we have a lot of aeroplanes, trains, cars, ships.

The twenty-first century

Firstly, I think health is better in the 21st century because


there are more doctors, nurses, opticians.
Secondly, in my opinion, the law and military and police are a good
thing about the 21st century because the police are very important
to keep the peace. The military is important to defeat the enemy.
Education is better than war. We learn different things, such as the
English language, maths, computers, arts, etc.
Communication is very important. It is better than before. We have
telephones, fax, email, television, mobiles, newspapers and
magazines.
Transport and travel have improved. We can travel all over the world
quickly because we have a lot of aeroplanes, trains, cars, ships.

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The twenty-first century

Firstly, I think health is better in the 21st century because


there are more doctors, nurses, opticians.
Secondly, in my opinion, the law and military and police are a good
thing about the 21st century because the police are very important
to keep the peace. The military is important to defeat the enemy.
Education is better than war. We learn different things, such as the
English language, maths, computers, arts, etc.
Communication is very important. It is better than before. We have
telephones, fax, email, television, mobiles, newspapers and
magazines.
Transport and travel have improved. We can travel all over the world
quickly because we have a lot of aeroplanes, trains, cars, ships.

The twenty-first century

Firstly, I think health is better in the 21st century because


there are more doctors, nurses, opticians.
Secondly, in my opinion, the law and military and police are a good
thing about the 21st century because the police are very important
to keep the peace. The military is important to defeat the enemy.
Education is better than war. We learn different things, such as the
English language, maths, computers, arts, etc.
Communication is very important. It is better than before. We have
telephones, fax, email, television, mobiles, newspapers and
magazines.
Transport and travel have improved. We can travel all over the world
quickly because we have a lot of aeroplanes, trains, cars, ships.

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The twenty-first century

Firstly, I think health is better in the 21st century because


there are more doctors, nurses, opticians.
Secondly, in my opinion, the law and military and police are a good
thing about the 21st century because the police are very important
to keep the peace. The military is important to defeat the enemy.
Education is better than war. We learn different things, such as the
English language, maths, computers, arts, etc.
Communication is very important. It is better than before. We have
telephones, fax, email, television, mobiles, newspapers and
magazines.
Transport and travel have improved. We can travel all over the world
quickly because we have a lot of aeroplanes, trains, cars, ships.

The twenty-first century

Firstly, I think health is better in the 21st century because


there are more doctors, nurses, opticians.
Secondly, in my opinion, the law and military and police are a good
thing about the 21st century because the police are very important
to keep the peace. The military is important to defeat the enemy.
Education is better than war. We learn different things, such as the
English language, maths, computers, arts, etc.
Communication is very important. It is better than before. We have
telephones, fax, email, television, mobiles, newspapers and
magazines.
Transport and travel have improved. We can travel all over the world
quickly because we have a lot of aeroplanes, trains, cars, ships.

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The twenty-first century

Firstly, I think health is better in the 21st century because


there are more doctors, nurses, opticians.
Secondly, in my opinion, the law and military and police are a good
thing about the 21st century because the police are very important
to keep the peace. The military is important to defeat the enemy.
Education is better than war. We learn different things, such as the
English language, maths, computers, arts, etc.
Communication is very important. It is better than before. We have
telephones, fax, email, television, mobiles, newspapers and
magazines.
Transport and travel have improved. We can travel all over the world
quickly because we have a lot of aeroplanes, trains, cars, ships.

The twenty-first century

Firstly, I think health is better in the 21st century because


there are more doctors, nurses, opticians.
Secondly, in my opinion, the law and military and police are a good
thing about the 21st century because the police are very important
to keep the peace. The military is important to defeat the enemy.
Education is better than war. We learn different things, such as the
English language, maths, computers, arts, etc.
Communication is very important. It is better than before. We have
telephones, fax, email, television, mobiles, newspapers and
magazines.
Transport and travel have improved. We can travel all over the world
quickly because we have a lot of aeroplanes, trains, cars, ships.

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Facts and opinions

Reviews

Facts and opinions

Reviews

People who read reviews expect to see some facts.


But they mostly read them to find out someone elses
opinion of a book, a film or a TV programme.

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Facts and opinions

Reviews
Look at two reviews:
What is each text reviewing?
Which parts are fact and which are opinion?

Facts and opinions


Review by Anna Dean
Marley: A dog like no other is written by John
Grogan. John tells the story of his dog, Marley, and all
the things he gets up to.
Marley is a troublesome dog that is loved very much.
In the book he is always doing funny things, such as
drinking out of the bath and running around with the
end of the toilet roll in his mouth!
The book is very funny but also sad. I would rate this
book 9/10.

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Review by Anna Dean
Marley: A dog like no other is written by John
Grogan. John tells the story of his dog, Marley, and all
the things he gets up to.
Marley is a troublesome dog that is loved very much.
In the book he is always doing funny things, such as
drinking out of the bath and running around with the
end of the toilet roll in his mouth!
The book is very funny but also sad. I would rate this
book 9/10.

book review

Facts and opinions


Review by Anna Dean
Marley: A dog like no other is written by John
Grogan. John tells the story of his dog, Marley, and all
the things he gets up to.
Marley is a troublesome dog that is loved very much.
In the book he is always doing funny things, such as
drinking out of the bath and running around with the
end of the toilet roll in his mouth!
The book is very funny but also sad. I would rate this
book 9/10.

book review

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Facts and opinions


Review by Anna Dean
Marley: A dog like no other is written by John
Grogan. John tells the story of his dog, Marley, and all
the things he gets up to.
Marley is a troublesome dog that is loved very much.
In the book he is always doing funny things, such as
drinking out of the bath and running around with the
end of the toilet roll in his mouth!
The book is very funny but also sad. I would rate this
book 9/10.

book review

Facts and opinions


Review by Anna Dean
Marley: A dog like no other is written by John
Grogan. John tells the story of his dog, Marley, and all
the things he gets up to.
Marley is a troublesome dog that is loved very much.
In the book he is always doing funny things, such as
drinking out of the bath and running around with the
end of the toilet roll in his mouth!
The book is very funny but also sad. I would rate this
book 9/10.

book review

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Facts and opinions


Review by Anna Dean
Marley: A dog like no other is written by John
Grogan. John tells the story of his dog, Marley, and all
the things he gets up to.
Marley is a troublesome dog that is loved very much.
In the book he is always doing funny things, such as
drinking out of the bath and running around with the
end of the toilet roll in his mouth!
The book is very funny but also sad. I would rate this
book 9/10.

book review

Facts and opinions


Review by Anna Dean
Marley: A dog like no other is written by John
Grogan. John tells the story of his dog, Marley, and all
the things he gets up to.
Marley is a troublesome dog that is loved very much.
In the book he is always doing funny things, such as
drinking out of the bath and running around with the
end of the toilet roll in his mouth!
The book is very funny but also sad. I would rate this
book 9/10.

book review

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Facts and opinions

Review by Anna Dean


Marley: A dog like no other is written by John
Grogan. John tells the story of his dog, Marley, and all
the things he gets up to.
Marley is a troublesome dog that is loved very much.
In the book he is always doing funny things, such as
drinking out of the bath and running around with the
end of the toilet roll in his mouth!
The book is very funny but also sad. I would rate this
book 9/10.

book review

Facts and opinions

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Folk Hibernia

This watchable documentary looked at the Irish folk revival.


We heard the best of Irish music from the last 30 years.
Sixty years ago this music was almost never heard outside
Ireland and it was largely unloved at home.
Yet Irish music has given the world a sense of Ireland and
Ireland a sense of itself, as the country has grown to be a
modern European state.

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Facts and opinions

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Folk Hibernia

This watchable documentary looked at the Irish folk revival.


We heard the best of Irish music from the last 30 years.
Sixty years ago this music was almost never heard outside
Ireland and it was largely unloved at home.
Yet Irish music has given the world a sense of Ireland and
Ireland a sense of itself, as the country has grown to be a
modern European state.
review of a TV programme

Facts and opinions

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Folk Hibernia

This watchable documentary looked at the Irish folk revival.


We heard the best of Irish music from the last 30 years.
Sixty years ago this music was almost never heard outside
Ireland and it was largely unloved at home.
Yet Irish music has given the world a sense of Ireland and
Ireland a sense of itself, as the country has grown to be a
modern European state.
review of a TV programme

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Facts and opinions

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Folk Hibernia

This watchable documentary looked at the Irish folk revival.


We heard the best of Irish music from the last 30 years.
Sixty years ago this music was almost never heard outside
Ireland and it was largely unloved at home.
Yet Irish music has given the world a sense of Ireland and
Ireland a sense of itself, as the country has grown to be a
modern European state.
review of a TV programme

Facts and opinions

2
Folk Hibernia

This watchable documentary looked at the Irish folk revival.


We heard the best of Irish music from the last 30 years.
Sixty years ago this music was almost never heard outside
Ireland and it was largely unloved at home.
Yet Irish music has given the world a sense of Ireland and
Ireland a sense of itself, as the country has grown to be a
modern European state.
review of a TV programme

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Facts and opinions

2
Folk Hibernia

This watchable documentary looked at the Irish folk revival.


We heard the best of Irish music from the last 30 years.
Sixty years ago this music was almost never heard outside
Ireland and it was largely unloved at home.
Yet Irish music has given the world a sense of Ireland and
Ireland a sense of itself, as the country has grown to be a
modern European state.
review of a TV programme

Facts and opinions

Reviews
Does a mix of fact and opinion in these reviews
help you to make up your mind about a book,
film or programme?
Or would you prefer more facts or more
opinions?
Discuss with others in your group.

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Facts and opinions

Facts, opinions and news

Facts and opinions

Facts, opinions and news

Read the following articles from


the BBCs news website.

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Indians worlds biggest readers

Indians are the worlds biggest bookworms, reading on average


10.7 hours a week, twice as long as Americans, according to a new
survey.
30,000 people in 30 countries were surveyed from December 2004
to February 2005.
Analysts said self-help reading could explain Indias high figures.
Britons and Americans scored 50% lower than the Indians hours
and Japanese and Koreans were even lower at 4.1 and 3.1 hours
respectively.
The survey saw China and the Philippines take second and third
place respectively in average hours a week spent reading books,
newspapers and magazines.
R. Sriram, chief executive officer of Crosswords Bookstores, a chain
of 26 book shops around India, says Indians are extremely
innovative and reading is a fundamental part of their being.

Indians worlds biggest readers

Indians are the worlds biggest bookworms, reading on average


10.7 hours a week, twice as long as Americans, according to a new
survey.
30,000 people in 30 countries were surveyed from December 2004
to February 2005.
Analysts said self-help reading could explain Indias high figures.
Britons and Americans scored 50% lower than the Indians hours
and Japanese and Koreans were even lower at 4.1 and 3.1 hours
respectively.
The survey saw China and the Philippines take second and third
place respectively in average hours a week spent reading books,
newspapers and magazines.
R. Sriram, chief executive officer of Crosswords Bookstores, a chain
of 26 book shops around India, says Indians are extremely
innovative and reading is a fundamental part of their being.

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Indians worlds biggest readers

Indians are the worlds biggest bookworms, reading on average


10.7 hours a week, twice as long as Americans, according to a new
survey.
30,000 people in 30 countries were surveyed from December 2004
to February 2005.
Analysts said self-help reading could explain Indias high figures.
Britons and Americans scored 50% lower than the Indians hours
and Japanese and Koreans were even lower at 4.1 and 3.1 hours
respectively.
The survey saw China and the Philippines take second and third
place respectively in average hours a week spent reading books,
newspapers and magazines.
R. Sriram, chief executive officer of Crosswords Bookstores, a chain
of 26 book shops around India, says Indians are extremely
innovative and reading is a fundamental part of their being.

Indians worlds biggest readers

Indians are the worlds biggest bookworms, reading on average


10.7 hours a week, twice as long as Americans, according to a new
survey.
30,000 people in 30 countries were surveyed from December 2004
to February 2005.
Analysts said self-help reading could explain Indias high figures.
Britons and Americans scored 50% lower than the Indians hours
and Japanese and Koreans were even lower at 4.1 and 3.1 hours
respectively.
The survey saw China and the Philippines take second and third
place respectively in average hours a week spent reading books,
newspapers and magazines.
R. Sriram, chief executive officer of Crosswords Bookstores, a chain
of 26 book shops around India, says Indians are extremely
innovative and reading is a fundamental part of their being.

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Indians worlds biggest readers

Indians are the worlds biggest bookworms, reading on average


10.7 hours a week, twice as long as Americans, according to a new
survey.
30,000 people in 30 countries were surveyed from December 2004
to February 2005.
Analysts said self-help reading could explain Indias high figures.
Britons and Americans scored 50% lower than the Indians hours
and Japanese and Koreans were even lower at 4.1 and 3.1 hours
respectively.
The survey saw China and the Philippines take second and third
place respectively in average hours a week spent reading books,
newspapers and magazines.
R. Sriram, chief executive officer of Crosswords Bookstores, a chain
of 26 book shops around India, says Indians are extremely
innovative and reading is a fundamental part of their being.

Indians worlds biggest readers

Indians are the worlds biggest bookworms, reading on average


10.7 hours a week, twice as long as Americans, according to a new
survey.
30,000 people in 30 countries were surveyed from December 2004
to February 2005.
Analysts said self-help reading could explain Indias high figures.
Britons and Americans scored 50% lower than the Indians hours
and Japanese and Koreans were even lower at 4.1 and 3.1 hours
respectively.
The survey saw China and the Philippines take second and third
place respectively in average hours a week spent reading books,
newspapers and magazines.
R. Sriram, chief executive officer of Crosswords Bookstores, a chain
of 26 book shops around India, says Indians are extremely
innovative and reading is a fundamental part of their being.

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Indians worlds biggest readers

Indians are the worlds biggest bookworms, reading on average


10.7 hours a week, twice as long as Americans, according to a new
survey.
30,000 people in 30 countries were surveyed from December 2004
to February 2005.
Analysts said self-help reading could explain Indias high figures.
Britons and Americans scored 50% lower than the Indians hours
and Japanese and Koreans were even lower at 4.1 and 3.1 hours
respectively.
The survey saw China and the Philippines take second and third
place respectively in average hours a week spent reading books,
newspapers and magazines.
R. Sriram, chief executive officer of Crosswords Bookstores, a chain
of 26 book shops around India, says Indians are extremely
innovative and reading is a fundamental part of their being.

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Time spent on reading means fewer hours watching TV and
listening to the radio
Mr Sriram says social changes have also made a difference: In the
past people could speak to their parents and grandparents for
advice. Now they have books.
The National Readership Survey shows more than one-third of
rural Indians and about 15% of the urban population are still
illiterate. A lot of book reading is aspirational, getting admission
into schools and colleges, etc. It has not much to do with reading,
Mr Tejpal said.

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Time spent on reading means fewer hours watching TV and
listening to the radio
Mr Sriram says social changes have also made a difference: In the
past people could speak to their parents and grandparents for
advice. Now they have books.
The National Readership Survey shows more than one-third of
rural Indians and about 15% of the urban population are still
illiterate. A lot of book reading is aspirational, getting admission
into schools and colleges, etc. It has not much to do with reading,
Mr Tejpal said.

2
Time spent on reading means fewer hours watching TV and
listening to the radio
Mr Sriram says social changes have also made a difference: In the
past people could speak to their parents and grandparents for
advice. Now they have books.
The National Readership Survey shows more than one-third of
rural Indians and about 15% of the urban population are still
illiterate. A lot of book reading is aspirational, getting admission
into schools and colleges, etc. It has not much to do with reading,
Mr Tejpal said.

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2
Time spent on reading means fewer hours watching TV and
listening to the radio
Mr Sriram says social changes have also made a difference: In the
past people could speak to their parents and grandparents for
advice. Now they have books.
The National Readership Survey shows more than one-third of
rural Indians and about 15% of the urban population are still
illiterate. A lot of book reading is aspirational, getting admission
into schools and colleges, etc. It has not much to do with reading,
Mr Tejpal said.

2
Time spent on reading means fewer hours watching TV and
listening to the radio
Mr Sriram says social changes have also made a difference: In the
past people could speak to their parents and grandparents for
advice. Now they have books.
The National Readership Survey shows more than one-third of
rural Indians and about 15% of the urban population are still
illiterate. A lot of book reading is aspirational, getting admission
into schools and colleges, etc. It has not much to do with reading,
Mr Tejpal said.

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Time spent on reading means fewer hours watching TV and
listening to the radio
Mr Sriram says social changes have also made a difference: In the
past people could speak to their parents and grandparents for
advice. Now they have books.
The National Readership Survey shows more than one-third of
rural Indians and about 15% of the urban population are still
illiterate. A lot of book reading is aspirational, getting admission
into schools and colleges, etc. It has not much to do with reading,
Mr Tejpal said.

(cont.)

Leading columnist, Venkateshwar Rao, told Britains Sunday


Times:
Reading books just isnt a habit with them because theyre not
into culture. Its not a part of them. All they want to do is
consume.
Mr Tejpal said: A good book in India will sell only a few thousand
copies; in the UK or US it could sell tens of thousands.

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(cont.)

Leading columnist, Venkateshwar Rao, told Britains Sunday


Times:
Reading books just isnt a habit with them because theyre not
into culture. Its not a part of them. All they want to do is
consume.
Mr Tejpal said: A good book in India will sell only a few thousand
copies; in the UK or US it could sell tens of thousands.

(cont.)

Leading columnist, Venkateshwar Rao, told Britains Sunday


Times:
Reading books just isnt a habit with them because theyre not
into culture. Its not a part of them. All they want to do is
consume.
Mr Tejpal said: A good book in India will sell only a few thousand
copies; in the UK or US it could sell tens of thousands.

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(cont.)

Leading columnist, Venkateshwar Rao, told Britains Sunday


Times:
Reading books just isnt a habit with them because theyre not
into culture. Its not a part of them. All they want to do is
consume.
Mr Tejpal said: A good book in India will sell only a few thousand
copies; in the UK or US it could sell tens of thousands.

(cont.)

Leading columnist, Venkateshwar Rao, told Britains Sunday


Times:
Reading books just isnt a habit with them because theyre not
into culture. Its not a part of them. All they want to do is
consume.
Mr Tejpal said: A good book in India will sell only a few thousand
copies; in the UK or US it could sell tens of thousands.

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(cont.)

Leading columnist, Venkateshwar Rao, told Britains Sunday


Times:
Reading books just isnt a habit with them because theyre not
into culture. Its not a part of them. All they want to do is
consume.
Mr Tejpal said: A good book in India will sell only a few thousand
copies; in the UK or US it could sell tens of thousands.

&

A letter to Agony Aunt Agnes


by
Confused in Croydon

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opinion
fact
opinion
opinion

fact

opinion

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opinion
opinion
fact
opinion
fact
opinion

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Facts and opinions

Write a text about where you live including

FACTS

and

OPINION

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Facts and opinions

Where you live: FACTS


Your text should include the following information:
-population
-main industry
-main attractions
-factual details
- ()
You will have to do some research
to find out these things.
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Facts and opinions

Where you live: FACTS

Example:

I live in Leeds, West Yorkshire.


It has a population of 715,404 and it is a major financial
and legal centre outside London.

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Where you live: OPINION


Here are some questions to help you:
-What do you think about where you live?
-Where are your favourite places?
-What do you like to do there in your free time?
-What would you change about where you live?

This is your point of view.


You dont have to do any
research.
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Facts and opinions

Where you live: OPINION

Example:

I love Leeds. Its a great place to live.


There are lots of things to do and lots of good shops to
visit. For example

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Facts and opinions

In your text identify the different parts through the


use of colour

FACTS

&

OPINION

or style

FACTS

&

OPINION
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