Lemma 10.51.5. Let $R \to S$ be a ring map. Let $M$ be an $S$-module. We always have $\text{length}_ R(M) \geq \text{length}_ S(M)$. If $R \to S$ is surjective then equality holds.

**Proof.**
A filtration of $M$ by $S$-submodules gives rise a filtration of $M$ by $R$-submodules. This proves the inequality. And if $R \to S$ is surjective, then any $R$-submodule of $M$ is automatically an $S$-submodule. Hence equality in this case.
$\square$

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