Does zero count as positive or negative?

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Does zero count as positive or negative?

Answer:

It depends on where you live.

In most of the world (including the US), we say that positive numbers are the numbers strictly larger than 0 and negative numbers are the numbers strictly smaller than 0. So then 0 isn’t positive or negative.

But in some places like France, they choose to say that positive numbers that the numbers larger than OR EQUAL TO 0 and negative numbers are the numbers smaller than OR EQUAL TO 0. So with these definitions, 0 is both positive and negative.

To be safe, you should consult your textbook or your teacher as to which convention you’re supposed to use. But either way, 0 is never just positive or just negative. It’s either neither or both.