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## Tag 0B7W

Lemma 59.7.3. Let $S$ be a scheme. Let $f : Y \to X$ be a flat morphism of algebraic spaces over $S$. Let $x, x' \in |X|$ and assume $x' \leadsto x$, i.e., $x$ is a specialization of $x'$. Assume the pair $(X, x')$ satisfies the equivalent conditions of Lemma 59.4.5 (for example if $X$ is decent, $X$ is quasi-separated, or $X$ is representable). Then for every $y \in |Y|$ with $f(y) = x$, there exists a point $y' \in |Y|$, $y' \leadsto y$ with $f(y') = x'$.

Proof. (The parenthetical statement holds by the definition of decent spaces and the implications between the different separation conditions mentioned in Section 59.6.) Choose a scheme $V$ and a surjective étale morphism $V \to Y$. Choose $v \in V$ mapping to $y$. Then we see that it suffices to prove the lemma for $V \to X$. Thus we may assume $Y$ is a scheme. Choose a scheme $U$ and a surjective étale morphism $U \to X$. Choose $u \in U$ mapping to $x$. By Lemma 59.7.2 we may choose $u' \leadsto u$ mapping to $x'$. By Properties of Spaces, Lemma 57.4.3 we may choose $z \in U \times_X Y$ mapping to $y$ and $u$. Thus we reduce to the case of the flat morphism of schemes $U \times_X Y \to U$ which is Morphisms, Lemma 28.24.8. $\square$

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\begin{lemma}
\label{lemma-generalizations-lift-flat}
Let $S$ be a scheme. Let $f : Y \to X$ be a  flat morphism of algebraic spaces
over $S$. Let $x, x' \in |X|$ and assume $x' \leadsto x$, i.e., $x$ is a
specialization of $x'$. Assume the pair $(X, x')$ satisfies the equivalent
conditions of Lemma \ref{lemma-UR-finite-above-x} (for example if
$X$ is decent, $X$ is quasi-separated, or $X$ is representable).
Then for every $y \in |Y|$ with $f(y) = x$, there exists a point $y' \in |Y|$,
$y' \leadsto y$ with $f(y') = x'$.
\end{lemma}

\begin{proof}
(The parenthetical statement holds by the definition of decent spaces
and the implications between the different separation conditions
mentioned in Section \ref{section-reasonable-decent}.)
Choose a scheme $V$ and a surjective \'etale morphism $V \to Y$.
Choose $v \in V$ mapping to $y$. Then we see that it suffices to
prove the lemma for $V \to X$. Thus we may assume $Y$ is a scheme.
Choose a scheme $U$ and a surjective \'etale morphism $U \to X$.
Choose $u \in U$ mapping to $x$. By Lemma \ref{lemma-specialization}
we may choose $u' \leadsto u$ mapping to $x'$. By
Properties of Spaces, Lemma \ref{spaces-properties-lemma-points-cartesian}
we may choose $z \in U \times_X Y$ mapping to $y$ and $u$.
Thus we reduce to the case of the flat morphism of
schemes $U \times_X Y \to U$ which is
Morphisms, Lemma \ref{morphisms-lemma-generalizations-lift-flat}.
\end{proof}

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