# 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?*

*or,*

*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)

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