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What's the best word or expression to claim that your given example is not fictitious and it's true? In our word quizes we have to write part of speechs, definitions and also give an example for each word. As an example:

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  2. Profit-sharing bonus (noun) an extra payment made to workers when the company has made a profit

(Here when I want to give an example to illustrate the point, are there any ways to declare that the following example is not fictitious and that I didn't make that up?)

e.g. The largest profit-sharing bonus at Ford came for the year 1999, when workers received an average of $8,000.

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The example sentence you've given in support of the definition is an actual attestation. You did not make the sentence up yourself. You found it and could cite its source.

  • Thanks, now how can we add this "actual attestation" to the example, can I say? "According to an actual attestation, the profit-sharing bonus at Ford..." – AmirhoseinRiazi Aug 31 '18 at 20:22
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    @AmirhoseinRiazi I think there is no need for such a formality. According to the source, the largest profit-sharing bonus at Ford... or The largest profit-sharing bonus at Ford came for the year 1999, when workers received an average of $8,000.(the source) – Mv Log Aug 31 '18 at 20:39
  • Give the actual source. According to a Wall Street Journal article from June 2012, the largest... – John Feltz Aug 31 '18 at 20:42
  • Thanks & I'd appreciate other suggestions as well. – AmirhoseinRiazi Aug 31 '18 at 20:43
  • @AmirhoseinRiazi: In your original question you asked for a phrase to indicate that a sentence, presented as evidence of how a word was used, was not fabricated but something actually found "in the wild", and attestation, a term-of-art in lexicography, meets just that need. But now, with according to, you're speaking about the sentence as an attestation not in the lexicographical sense. You're citing it as evidence of the Ford bonus itself. That's an entirely different question than the one you first asked. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Aug 31 '18 at 21:09

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