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Identify the one error in each section.

The historical examples Dan used to illustrate our company's impact on the community (i.e., annual support of the foodbank) were well chosen. In just a few minutes, he touched on several of the principal ways we have consistently shown our firm's values.
 
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Correct answer!

To introduce an example, use "e.g." (Latin for "exempli gratia," which means "for the sake of example"). The "i.e." abbreviation for the Latin phrase "id est," meaning "that is," introduces a clarification or restatement, not an example.

"Historical" is correct because, presumably, the examples weren't momentous ("historic"). "Historical" just sets a context.

"Well chosen" (without a hyphen) is correct because it comes after the word it modifies: "examples." Change the order to "well-chosen examples," however, and the hyphen is needed.

A synonym for the adjective "main" or "chief" is "principal" (and it has other meanings, such as the head of a school, one of the heads of a firm, or the financial term in "principal and interest").

Incorrect answer!

To introduce an example, use "e.g." (Latin for "exempli gratia," which means "for the sake of example"). The "i.e." abbreviation for the Latin phrase "id est," meaning "that is," introduces a clarification or restatement, not an example.

"Historical" is correct because, presumably, the examples weren't momentous ("historic"). "Historical" just sets a context.

"Well chosen" (without a hyphen) is correct because it comes after the word it modifies: "examples." Change the order to "well-chosen examples," however, and the hyphen is needed.

A synonym for the adjective "main" or "chief" is "principal" (and it has other meanings, such as the head of a school, one of the heads of a firm, or the financial term in "principal and interest").

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