# Subgroup Generated by Infinite Order Element is Infinite

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## Theorem

Let $G$ be a group.

Let $a \in G$ be of infinite order.

Let $\gen a$ be the subgroup generated by $a$.

Then $\gen a$ is of infinite order.

## Proof

Aiming for a contradiction, suppose $\gen a$ is of finite order.

We have that $a \in \gen a$ by definition.

From Element of Finite Group is of Finite Order it follows that $a$ is of finite order.

From this contradiction it follows that $\gen a$ must be of infinite order after all.

$\blacksquare$

## Sources

- 1978: Thomas A. Whitelaw:
*An Introduction to Abstract Algebra*... (previous) ... (next): $\S 38.2$ Period of an element