# Successor is Less than Successor/Sufficient Condition/Proof 2

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## Theorem

Let $x$ and $y$ be ordinals and let $x^+$ denote the successor set of $x$.

Let $x^+ \in y^+$.

Then:

- $x \in y$

## Proof

First note that by Successor Set of Ordinal is Ordinal, $x^+$ and $y^+$ are ordinals.

Let $x^+ \in y^+$.

Then since $y^+$ is transitive, $x^+ \subseteq y^+$.

Thus $x \in y$ or $x = y$.

If $x = y$ then $x^+ \in x^+$, contradicting Ordinal is not Element of Itself.

Thus $x \in y$.