Matters that Count

Placed above, I make greater things small. Placed beside I make small things great. In matters that count, I always come first. Where others increase I keep them the same.

What am I?

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The number 1. If you put the number one above another number it turns it into a fraction.  If you put it next to another number it makes the number larger.  If you put things in order the number one comes first.  If you multiply by one the number stays the same.

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