# Coordinates – `x` is first

Coordinates on a graph are written in brackets with a comma in between the `x` and the `y`.

`x` is always first.

For example:

(2,3) = 2 along the `x` axis and 3 up the `y` axis.

The axe (X-axis) goes first.

Or

Coordinates are written alphabetically

so `x` comes before `y` `(x,y)`.

Or

You have to walk across `(x)` the hall before you can go up `(y)` the stairs.

**Example 1**

Your starting point is always zero (where the `x` and the `y` axis cross). Point (1,3) is a distance of 1 from zero along the `x` axis and a distance of 3 from zero along the `y` axis. So point (6,5) is a distance of 6 from zero along the `x` axis and a distance of 5 from zero along the `y` axis.

**Example 2**

Point (-3,-2) is a distance of -3 from zero along the `x`axis and a distance of -2 from zero along the `y`axis.