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Objective Writing

Amanda Renaud, Bryanna Licciardi
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    Amanda Renaud

    Amanda Renaud has taught Middle School and High School English for 4 years. She has a Master's of Education in Curriculum and Development with a minor in Reading Intervention from Concordia University. She is certified to teach English and Humanities in Washington and Texas.

  • Instructor
    Bryanna Licciardi

    Bryanna has received both her BA in English and MFA in Creative Writing. She has been a writing tutor for over six years.

What is objective writing? Learn the definition of objective writing, explore examples of objective writing, and see how to write using objective language. Updated: 08/22/2021

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What is Objective Writing?

Objective is a word to describe something that is purely factual and not influenced by personal feelings. Therefore, objective writing is writing that can be verified through evidence and facts. The writer remains neutral, and the information shared is free of bias, which is the preference for one thing over another. Objective writing focuses on facts, statistics, and research; these are often expressed in numbers or quantities and the source is provided through a citation.

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Objective Writing Versus Subjective Writing

When something is subjective, it is open to interpretation. Subjective writing is writing that cannot be verified, because it expresses feelings, opinions, and judgements. It also lacks factual statements and evidence. For example, personal essays and opinion papers are examples of texts that contain subjective writing, because they contain subjective language. Subjective language includes words that indicate a personal feeling or opinion is being expressed.

Objective writing focuses on facts. Subjective writing shares opinions.

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  • Subjective: Mrs. Johnson's class is better at math than every other class. (This statement is presented as an opinion. The words "better at math" are subjective.)
  • Objective: Mrs. Johnson's class had an average score of 95% on the math exam; while the average score for the other classes was 80%. (This statement can be proven as a fact and uses data to provide concrete evidence.)
  • Subjective: He always wins the spelling bee. (This statement uses exaggerated language when it states that he always wins.)
  • Objective: He has won the last three spelling bees. (This statement includes a concrete fact about how many times he has won the spelling bee.)
  • Subjective: I believe it is important for teenagers to get a good night of sleep. (This statement contains a personal statement, a personal pronoun, and vague language.)
  • Objective: It is important for teenagers to get at least 8-10 hours of sleep a night. (This statement includes a specific suggestion, avoids personal pronouns, and can be supported by factual evidence.)

These examples all highlight the difference between objective and subjective writing. Objective writing is based on facts; subjective writing is based on opinions. Objective writing uses academic language; subjective writing may contain colloquialisms (casual language and terms used in everyday conversations that are not considered academic), hyperbole (language that results in exaggeration), and words that indicate judgement or share an opinion. Objective writing is usually written from a third-person point of view (writing that avoids personal pronouns and is told from an outside perspective); subjective writing may contain personal pronouns and sound personal.

Uses of Objective and Subjective Writing in the Real World

Purpose determines the use of objective or subjective language

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Objective writing should be used when the purpose is to present unbiased information to the audience. This allows the audience to form their own opinion about the topic based on the information presented. Informational texts, such as textbooks and newspapers, use objective language. Examples of objective writing include:

1. an entry in a history textbook.

2. a scholarly journal published in an academic periodical.

3. information included in an atlas.

4. a summary of a book on a publishing site.

5. the nightly weather report on your local news station.

Each of these examples is a form of informational text. The purpose is to share important, unbiased information with readers. On the other hand, subjective writing is used to share personal opinions or experiences. The writing is persuasive in nature due to the author's word choice and the information shared. Examples of subjective writing include:

1. an editorial in a newsletter.

2. a blog post on a lifestyle blog.

3. a personal reflection paper submitted as a college essay.

4. a review of a product on the company's website.

5. a persuasive advertisement on the radio.

Each of these texts shares personal opinions and experiences. Even the college essay may contain mostly academic writing by avoiding colloquialisms, but it will share personal experiences and opinions. If the writing sounds like an everyday conversation, it is likely subjective. Another way to determine whether a text is objective or subjective is to consider whether the information shared can be proven and if it shares facts without sharing the author's opinions and personal judgements.

Objective Writing Examples

Objective language will sound like an informational report. The purpose is to share facts and evidence that allows the audience to form their own opinions about the topic. Sentences containing objective language can be short or long, and they can include numerical data or straightforward facts.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you write objectively?

A writer can present information objectively by providing specific and concrete facts, avoiding vague or general language, avoiding opinionated, prejudiced, or exclusive words, writing from a third-person point of view, avoiding exaggeration, and sharing all important information relating to the claim.

What is objective and subjective writing?

Objective writing is based on facts; subjective writing is based on opinions. Objective writing uses academic language; subjective writing may contain colloquialisms, hyperbole, and words that indicate judgment or share an opinion. Objective writing usually avoids personal pronouns and has an impersonal tone; subjective writing may contain personal pronouns and sound personal.

What is an example of objective language?

Objective language is neutral, impersonal, and free of bias. It focuses on concrete facts and statements that can be verified. An example of an objective statement is: Doctors recommend at least thirty minutes of physical activity every day to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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