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Aq ✏ β ♣aq for a X q, then α ✏ β. P ROOF. Recall the definition of E in §3. Note that if α and β agree on X then α and β agree on E ♣X q, for if f is an n-ary function symbol and a1 , . . , an X then αf A ♣a1 , . . , an q ✏ f B ♣αa1 , . . αan q ✏ f B♣βa1, . . , βanq ✏ βf A♣a1, . . , anq. Thus by induction, if α and β agree on X then they agree on E n ♣X q for n ➔ ω, and hence they agree on Sg♣X q. 3. Let α : A Ñ B be a homomorphism. Then the image of a subuniverse of A under α is a subuniverse of B, and the inverse image of a subuniverse of B is a subuniverse of A.

If A is congruence-permutable, then A is congruencemodular. Con A with θ1 ❸ θ2. We want to show that θ 2 ❳ ♣ θ 1 ❴ θ 3 q ❸ θ 1 ❴ ♣ θ 2 ❳ θ 3 q, so suppose ①a, b② is in θ2 ❳ ♣θ1 ❴ θ3 q. 9 there is an element c such that P ROOF. Let θ1 , θ2 , θ3 aθ1 c θ3 b holds as θ1 ❴ θ3 ✏ θ 1 ✆ θ3 . By symmetry ①c, a② θ1; hence ①c, a② θ2, and then by transitivity ①c, b② θ2. Thus ①c, b② θ2 ❳ θ3, so from aθ1 c♣θ2 ❳ θ3 qb follows ①a, b② θ1 ✆ ♣θ2 ❳ θ3q; hence ①a, b② θ1 ❴ ♣θ2 ❳ θ3q. ❧ We would like to note that in 1953 J´onsson improved on Birkhoff’s result above by showing that one could derive the so-called Arguesian identity for lattices from congruence-permutability.

P ROOF. It is not difficult to see that the right-hand side of the above equation is indeed an equivalence relation, and also that each of the relational products in parentheses is contained in θ1 ❴ θ2 . ❧ ➍ If tθi ✉iI is a subset of Eq♣Aq then it is also easy to see that iI θi is just iI θi . The following straightforward generalization of the previous theorem describes arbitrary sups in Eq♣Aq. ➇ Eq♣Aq for i I, then ✭ θi ✏ θi ✆ θi ✆ ☎ ☎ ☎ ✆ θi : i0 , . . , ik I, k ➔ ✽ . 7. 8. Let θ be a member of Eq♣Aq.