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By moving only 1 matchstick make the equation correct (not equal and > and < are not allowed). 119=9

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Maybe we can simply...

multiply? 119 equals 9 in matchsticks, with the top matchstick of the second one moved down and rotated slightly to make the equation 1 times 9 equals 9

Edit: We can also...

Move the highlighted match and flip our perspective by 180 degrees to get 6 = SIX 119 equals 9 in matchsticks, with the top right matchstick of the first 9 moved to intersect with the first 1 at an angle. Flipping the perspective around by 180 degrees, this results in the equation 6 = the letters S, I, and X

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    $\begingroup$ finally. both are correct but 6=six is what i expected. $\endgroup$ Feb 12, 2022 at 12:16
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Take the upper right matchstick from the 9 to turn it into a 5. Place it across the middle of the second 1 to turn it into +. You now have 1 + 5 = 9. Look at it upside down and it's 6 = 5 + 1

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  • $\begingroup$ A lopsided operation symbol for sure, but it seems valid to me. Nice job! $\endgroup$
    – Avi
    Feb 12, 2022 at 3:48
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    $\begingroup$ hmm, it's close to intended answer. $\endgroup$ Feb 12, 2022 at 7:59
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Inspired by others, with little lateral thinking if any.

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i.e. $1^1 9 = 9$

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    – Avi
    Feb 12, 2022 at 21:31
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Not proud of my solution.

Take a match from a "1", light it, burn the 3 others to get 9=9.

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    $\begingroup$ It was an interesting solution ;D $\endgroup$ Feb 11, 2022 at 20:43
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May be a long shot

Move one of the matchstick from the second I and join it to its bottom matchstick to create v. Then rotate the image to get

6 = 6 ^ 1

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Shortening DrD shot:

Move second "1" down, just placing the top stick below the one below, so rotating 180 degrees you see: 6^1*1=6 . Without the operators ofc :)

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