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# Is the difference between whole numbers always a whole number?

Updated: 9/19/2023

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11y ago

Difference of two whole number is not always a whole number.

For any two whole numbers a & b, a - b = whole number only when a is greater than or equal to b.

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Wrong!

Even if a is less than b, the difference is still a whole number. Whole numbers can be negative.

So the correct answer to the question is "YES".

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### Why are different whole numbers not always a whole number?

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