R Error in x$ed : $ operator is invalid for atomic vectors

From the help file about $ (See ?"$") you can read:

$ is only valid for recursive objects, and is only discussed in the section below on recursive objects.

Now, let’s check whether x is recursive

> is.recursive(x)

A recursive object has a list-like structure. A vector is not recursive, it is an atomic object instead, let’s check

> is.atomic(x)
[1] TRUE

Therefore you get an error when applying $ to a vector (non-recursive object), use [ instead:

> x["ed"]

You can also use getElement

> getElement(x, "ed")
[1] 2

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