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Write the three whole numbers occurring just before 10001.

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Hint: Whole numbers are all positive integers from 0 to ∞. They are all integers and do not contain any fractional part. We have to find three whole numbers occurring just before 10001, this means we need three preceding numbers of 10001. Precedents are the numbers that come before a number.
Successors are the numbers that come after a number. To find a preceding number, we have to subtract one from the current number.

Complete step-by-step answer:
We are asked to write the three immediate precedents of 10001 that are whole numbers.
We know, immediate precedents are the consecutive numbers that appear just before a number. 
For example, there is a number 100. So its immediate 2 precedents are 99 and 98.
In the same way if we are asked to find 5 immediate precedents of 0 then the answer would have been -1,-2,-3,-4 and -5.
In the same way the three immediate precedents of 10001 are 10000, 9999, 9998.
Therefore, the required answer is 10000, 9999, and 9998.

Note: It is suggested to remember the difference between whole numbers and natural numbers. Whole numbers are all positive integers starting from 0 to ∞. 
Natural numbers are all positive integers starting from 1 to ∞. Therefore we can say all whole numbers are natural numbers but all natural numbers are not whole numbers.
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