## Compare negative numbers

A **negative number** is a number that is less than zero. It is an opposite of positive numbers (two integers that are the same distance from 0 in opposite directions are called opposites).

Positive numbers are always greater than 0 and 0 is always greater than all the negative numbers.

With negative numbers, we have to remember that as the digit gets bigger, the number gets smaller (moved further from 0).

*Example:*$$2>(−2)>(−3)$$

It's the same for decimals and fractions:

$$0.5>(−0.5)$$

$$(−1/4)>(−1/2)$$