There are generally three types of auditor's opinions. A "clean" or unqualified opinion states that the financial statements present a fair and accurate picture of the company and comply with generally accepted accounting principles. A qualified opinion contains exceptions, which may include the scope of the audit.
An adverse opinion contains a major exception or warning. The most well-known adverse opinion is the "going-concern" exception, in which the accountant expresses doubts about the company's ability to remain in business.
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