Equal, Greater or Less Than

Less Than and Greater Than

The “less than” sign and the “greater than” sign look like a “V” on its side, don’t they?

To remember which way around the “<” and “>” signs go, just remember:

  • BIG > small
  • small < BIG

The “small” end always points to the smaller number, like this:

greater than sign

Greater Than Symbol: BIG > small



10 > 5

“10 is greater than 5″

Or the other way around:

5 < 10

“5 is less than 10″

Example: John had 10 marbles, but lost some. How many has he now?

Answer: He must have less than 10:

Marbles < 10


If John still has some marbles we can also say he has greater than zero marbles:

Marbles > 0


But if we thought John could have lost all his marbles we would say

Marbles 0

In other words, the number of marbles is greater than or equal to zero.


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