# How to pronounce A > B, A < B

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#### PulauPandan

##### Senior Member
Hi, how do you pronounce A > B and B < A? Can I pronounce A is more/bigger than B, and B is less/smaller than A. I didn't find the threads about this. May be I don't know the key words. Thanks to you all.

• #### koniecswiata

##### Senior Member
If I remember correctly, the signs >< are pronounced "greater than" and "less than". Good luck.

#### e174043

##### Senior Member
more than,higher than , less than
It depends on what you are measuring. My Canadian teacher were saying more than and less than generally.
But I'm not sure if I remember correctly #### Brioche

##### Senior Member
A < B = A is less than B

A > B = A is greater than B

A < x < B = x is between A and B

#### Cagey

##### post mod (English Only / Latin)
If I remember correctly, the signs >< are pronounced "greater than" and "less than". Good luck.
This is the system I learned as well.

#### PulauPandan

##### Senior Member
A < B = A is less than B

A > B = A is greater than B

A < x < B = x is between A and B
Thank you, A < x < B = A is less than x and x is less than B/ A is less than x and B/ A and x are less than B. Are they correct? 'x is between A and B' is not so clear to me. I don't know which is greater and less.

#### Cagey

##### post mod (English Only / Latin)
A < x < B
I would read this one: "x is greater than A and less than B."

Brioche's suggested "between" means the same thing, but in contexts in which we use these symbols, I have always heard it read out formally.

#### PulauPandan

##### Senior Member
I would read this one: "x is greater than A and less than B."

Brioche's suggested "between" means the same thing, but in contexts in which we use these symbols, I have always heard it read out formally.
Thank you, Cagey. I think this is better, clearer and more understandable. I would prefer this one.

#### brian

##### Senior Member
Depending on the mathematical context, i.e. the type of calculation or proof you're doing, you sometimes might want to be more specific and say:

A > B : A is strictly greater than B
A < B : A is strictly less than B

This wording rules out the possibility that A = B. In the case where it's possible that A = B, we use ≥ and ≤, and we say:

A ≥ B : A is greater than or equal to B
A ≤ B : A is less than or equal to B

As for A < x < B, you can say either A is less than x is less than B (yes, it's a run-on sentence, but that's how we say it), or x is (lies) between A and B. Note, however, that the latter wording is ambiguous: it can mean either A < x < B or or B < x < A.

If you have A ≤ x ≤ B, then you cannot say that x lies between A and B because it's possible that x = A and/or x = B.

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#### brian

##### Senior Member
more than,higher than , less than
It depends on what you are measuring. My Canadian teacher were saying more than and less than generally.
But I'm not sure if I remember correctly Sure, this may be the case in informal writing. For example, in my personal notebook, I might write any of the following:

Internet: May > April (Internet was more expensive in May than in April)
Led Zeppelin > The Who (Led Zeppelin is better than The Who)
Jennifer > Ashley (Jennifer is more attractive than Ashley) In informal shorthand, it all depends on the writer. Train > Bus, depending on who writes it, the context, etc. can mean any of the following:

- the train is more expensive than the bus
- the train takes longer than the bus
- the train is better than the bus
- etc.

Even in mathematical/scientific contexts, we can be sloppy sometimes. I might write, for example, car A > car B, and that might mean "car A is heavier than car B" (the weight of car A is greater than that of car B), or "car A is travels faster than car B" (the speed of car A is greater than that of car B), etc.

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