It is important to think critically as you read. Part of thinking critically is distinguishing between facts, opinions, and reasoned judgments. Facts are statements that can be proven true. Opinions are statements that reflect the author’s feelings or views, and they cannot be proved true. Reasoned judgments share similarities to facts and opinions. They are statements of the author’s point of view that are supported by reasons and evidence.
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