**Is the question understandable? Please let me know if there is something I need to explain better.
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The misconception that some students have, and that this problem is attempting to dispel, is that the direct sum is like a (set) union. But in fact, the direct sum of U1 and U2 contains a whole lot of elements that are not in U1 or U2. In case Tonio's excellent example wasn't clear, think about this and read it again.