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Given a set $A$ such that for any family of sets $F$: if $\cup F = A$ then $A \in F$.

Prove that $A$ has only one element.

Please help.

Thank you all.

I tried to solve it by assuming that there are two elements in $A$. But I can't solve it.

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Are you sure $\,F\,$ is to a family of groups and not of sets? Otherwise the cyclic group of order two is a contradiction to the claim... –  DonAntonio Nov 28 '12 at 3:18
    
@DonAntonio, you are right. I translated the word to english and use a group instead of a set. –  Alon Shmiel Nov 28 '12 at 10:27
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Ok then. Take into account that when you have some doubt you can try to write down some words or sentences in your own language. There's a fair chance somebody knows that language and can help you out. Also change your post's title. –  DonAntonio Nov 28 '12 at 11:57
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Well: if $\,|A|\geq 2\,$ then the family $\,\mathcal F:=\{\,\{a\}\;\;;\;\;a\in A\}\,$ fulfills the given condition

$$\bigcup_{F\in\mathcal F}F=A\,\,\,,\,\,\text{yet}\,\,A\notin\mathcal F\,\;\;(\text{can you see why?)}$$

Thus, it must be that $\,|A|=1\,$

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can you give me an exaple of A and F? I think I dont really know what is F.. thank you! –  Alon Shmiel Nov 28 '12 at 14:14
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For example take the simplest non-trivial group, the cyclic one of order two: $\,A=\{1,x\}\,\,,\,x^2=1\,$, and take $\,\mathcal F=\{\{1\}\,,\,\{x\}\}\,$ ...:) –  DonAntonio Nov 28 '12 at 14:15
    
I know why but i dont know how to explain it.. the answer is: A doesn't belong to F because of the definition of F.. –  Alon Shmiel Nov 28 '12 at 14:20
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@AlonShmiel, by any chance is your mother tongue hebrew or spanish? If it is I could explain it to you in that language. WE see here an example of a group that doesn't fulfill the condition $\,\bigcup_{F\in\mathcal F}F=A\Longrightarrow A\in\mathcal F\,$, and the reason is that $\,A\,$ has more than one element...I don't know how or what else is there to explain. –  DonAntonio Nov 28 '12 at 16:05
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