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Let’s put the tools in the toolbox. Commit these to memory, start applying them, and you’ll start some keen thinking:
Fact: a statement that can be verified.
Opinion: what someone thinks, believes, or wishes.
When you state your opinion, there are four types:
Judgement evaluates, using evidence and reasoning.
Advice recommends, usually based on judgement.
Generalization is sometimes true, depending on degree: all, some, none, most, many.
Personal taste or sentiment is what you like.
(I suggest a sentence mnemonic: Japanese Animals Grazing Peacefully.)
“Gladiator was a terrible movie for swordfighting aficionados” is judgement.
“You should go to college” is advice.
“Men have more upper body strength” is generalization.
“My favorite color is __________________” or “I’ll take the Pepsi” is personal taste.