# What Are the > (Greater) and < (Lesser) Signs and How Are They Read?

###### The symbols ? and ?

The symbols “>” (greater) and “<” (less) are elements used in mathematics to indicate that one value is greater or less than another. These two signs are used to designate inequality and the opening always points to the largest number and the termination or tip to the smallest number. For example:16 > 12 (16 is greater than 12), 7 < 11 (7 is less than 11), 134 > 132 (134 is greater than 132).

• The > (greater) sign . The greater symbol expresses that the number that is in front of the figure is greater than the one that is behind. For example:3 > 2. This reads: three is greater than two. To recognize this sign, it must be remembered that the opening points to the greater number.
• The < (minor) sign . The minor symbol indicates that the element in front of it is smaller than the one behind it. For example:2 < 6. This reads: two is less than six. To recognize this sign, it must be remembered that the tip points to the smaller number.

## Examples of the sign > (greater)

1. 2 > 1 , that is, 2 is greater than 1.
2. 14 > 12 means that 14 is greater than 12.
3. 29 > 9 means that 29 is greater than 9.
4. 56 > 26 means that 56 is greater than 26.
5. 108 > 5 means that 108 is greater than 5.
6. 123 > 100 means that 123 is greater than 100.
7. 170 > 132 means that 170 is greater than 132.
8. 298 > 98 means that 298 is greater than 98.
9. 340 > 240 means that 340 is greater than 240.
10. 500 > 100 means that 500 is greater than 100.
11. 2340 > 2000 means that 2340 is greater than 2000.
12. 3698 > 3000 means that 3698 is greater than 3000.
13. 9999 > 999 i.e. 9999 is greater than 999.
14. 10,000 > 18 means that 10,000 is greater than 18.
15. 120,000 > 120 means that 120,000 is greater than 120

## Examples of the < (minor) sign

1. 2 < 5 , that is, 2 is less than 5.
2. 8 < 12 means that 8 is less than 12.
3. 14 < 36 means that 14 is less than 36.
4. 59 < 69 means that 59 is less than 69.
5. 72 < 84 means that 72 is less than 84.
6. 94 < 96, that is, 94 is less than 96.
7. 105 < 106 , that is, 105 is less than 106.
8. 352 < 543 means that 352 is less than 543.
9. 500 < 800 means that 500 is less than 800.
10. 800 < 1200 means that 800 is less than 1200.
11. 1478 < 1784, that is, 1478 is less than 1784.
12. 3333 < 4444, that is, 3333 is less than 4444.
13. 9800 < 9801 i.e. 9800 is less than 9801.
14. 10,500 < 13,000 that is, 10,500 is less than 13,000.
15. 250,000 < 500,000 means that 250,000 is less than 500,000.

## The symbols ? and ?

The symbol ? indicates that the number before the symbol is “greater than or equal to” the number after it. On the contrary, the symbol ? means that the number that is before it is “less than or equal” to the one that is after it. These symbols are used for mathematical formulas and not so much for numbers.