# Difference Between Natural Numbers and Whole Numbers

Difference Between Natural Numbers and Whole Numbers

There is a very small difference between natural numbers and whole numbers. It is important to know this because of both the terms are repeatedly used in questions of competitive examinations.

Natural number: Numbers used to count the objects are called the natural numbers e.g. 1, 2, 3…

Whole number: All natural numbers and zero form the set of whole numbers. It is denoted by ’W’. Thus we can say natural numbers is a sub-set of whole numbers.

FAQs

Can whole numbers and natural numbers have decimals?

Whole numbers and natural numbers cannot have decimals.

What is the difference between Integers and whole numbers and natural numbers?

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Can whole numbers and natural numbers be negative integers?

A whole number is a positive integer including zero. The set of natural numbers is the set of positive integers beginning at one.

Is 0 (zero) a natural Numer?

From the above discussion you might have already got the answer. Zero is not a natural number. Natural numbers begins at 1 (one) 