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Analysing Opinion Statements

How do you know these are all opinion statements? Explain.

-Obama is the perfect candidate for the presidency.
-England has more than 50% of maternal deaths in Western Europe.
-The current elections will be held on November 4th.

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Opinion Statements Analysis

1. Obama is the perfect candidate for the presidency. - Clearly, an opinion statement, as, first & foremost it puts a 'value' on a certain person. The word 'perfect' is a qualifier, an adjective pointing to the subject of the statement, Obama. The predicate of the sentence 'the perfect candidate for the presidency' indicates a 'viewpoint', an angle or position taken by the speaker of the statement whereby one can assume said speaker arrived at by considering several factors that mattered to him to determine the conclusion of Obama being 'his perfect' candidate for the presidency. Can it be proven true or false? Does it indicate an investment of emotion from the speaker? Being that Obama battled Clinton for the Democratic nomination, their supporters & analysts might come to a different conclusion of his being 'perfect' for the role, what we have here is a sense of verisimilitude, indicating a range of answers owing to ...

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The solution provides a guide in understanding the items below, explaining what makes them opinion statements or otherwise by way of an analysis. Attached is a word version of the solution for easy printing.

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-Obama is the perfect candidate for the presidency.

-England has more than 50% of maternal deaths in Western Europe.

-The current elections will be held on November 4th.

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