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    Give an example of a linearly ordered set (L,<) and an initial segment S of L which is not of the form {x | x<a}, for any a in L.

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    There is an important difference between \mathbb{Q} and \mathbb{R} that allows you to find initial segments of \mathbb{Q} you cannot write \{x\in\mathbb{Q}\ ;\ x<a\} for any a\in \mathbb{Q}.


    An example different from the ones you get with the remark: [-\infty ,0]\subset\mathbb{R}.
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