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It must be less else you have not divided properly; you could divide again 1 or more times!

If the remainder is equal to the divisor (or equal to a multiple of the divisor) then you could divide again exactly without remainder. If the remainder is greater but not a multiple of the divisor you could divide again resulting in another remainder.

E.g. Consider 9/2. This is 4 remainder 1. Let's say our answer was 3 remainder 3; as our remainder "3" is greater than the divisor "2" we can divide again so we have not carried out our original division correctly!

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Is the remainder always greater than or less than the divisor?

It SHOULD always be less than the divisor... Otherwise your answer is wrong.


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