If G and H are infinite groups then G is said to be larger than H (H≼G) if there are subgroups A of G, B of H, each of finite index, such that B is an epimorphic image of A. Pride (1979) showed that if G has finite ‘height’ with respect to the quasi-order ≼ then there are only finitely many (classes of) minimal groups H with H ≼G, and asked whether this were true without the minimality restriction on H. This paper gives a negative answer to his question by exhibiting a group G of height four with infinitely many (classes of) groups H satisfying H≼G.
1980 Mathematics subject classification (Amer. Math. Soc.): 20 E 99, 20 K 15.