# Cancellable Elements of Semigroup form Subsemigroup

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## Theorem

Let $\struct {S, \circ}$ be a semigroup.

Let $C$ be the set of cancellable elements of $\struct {S, \circ}$.

Then $\struct {C, \circ}$ is a subsemigroup of $\struct {S, \circ}$.

## Proof

Now let $C$ be the set of cancellable elements of $\struct {S, \circ}$.

Let $x, y \in C$.

Then $x$ and $y$ are both left cancellable and right cancellable.

Thus by Left Cancellable Elements of Semigroup form Subsemigroup:

- $x \circ y$ is left cancellable

and by Right Cancellable Elements of Semigroup form Subsemigroup:

- $x \circ y$ is right cancellable.

Thus $x \circ y$ is both left cancellable and right cancellable, and therefore cancellable.

Thus $x \circ y \in C$.

Thus $\struct {C, \circ}$ is closed and is therefore by the Subsemigroup Closure Test a subsemigroup of $\struct {S, \circ}$.

$\blacksquare$

## Sources

- 1965: Seth Warner:
*Modern Algebra*... (previous) ... (next): $\S 8$: Theorem $8.5$