# Video: Comparing Two Numbers up to 9 in Written Form

Is 2 <, = or > one?

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### Video Transcript

Is two less than, equal to, or greater than one?

In this problem, we’re given two numbers: one of them is written as a numeral and the other is written using words. The numbers are two and one. In order to be able to answer the question, we need to understand what each of the three symbols means. So let’s go through them one by one.

Out of the three symbols, perhaps the two that are trickiest to remember are the two that are like arrows. This might be because we use the equal sign a lot more often. Well, it could be because the arrows look so similar. It’s easy to become confused between them.

Let’s remind ourselves what each symbol means. Firstly, it’s important to remember that we always read statements from left to right. Looking at the first symbol from left to right, we can see that the part on the left is narrower than the part on the right.

If we were to make towers of cubes, less cubes will fit on the left than on the right. And so if we read this symbol from left to right, it stands for is less than. Our second symbol is the opposite way around. Reading it from left to right, we can see that the wider part of the symbol is on the left and the narrower part is on the right.

And so again, a good way of remembering it is if we were to make towers of cubes, we’d see that more cubes fit on the left than on the right. And so this symbol stands for is greater than. And of course, we know that the equal sign represents is the same as.

Interestingly, we could still use our tower of cubes idea to show that both sides of an equal sign are the same. So which one of the three symbols belongs in between the numbers two and one?

Remember we must always read our statement from left to right. And so we can say that two is greater than one. And so the symbol that needs to go in between both numbers is this one: two is greater than one.