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We introduce a new way of looking at fuzzy intervals. Instead of considering them as fuzzy sets, we see them as crisp sets of entities we call gradual (real) numbers. They are a gradual extension of real numbers, not of intervals. Such a concept is apparently missing in fuzzy set theory. Gradual numbers basically have the same algebraic properties as real numbers, but they are functions. A fuzzy interval is then viewed as a pair of fuzzy thresholds, which are monotonic gradual real numbers.doi:10.1109/tfuzz.2006.890680 fatcat:4ktyltb4qbghjlqkpcwggtpxdi