Lemma 15.91.7. Let $f \in A$ be an element of a ring. Set $J = \bigcap f^ nA$. Let $M$ be an $A$-module derived complete with respect to $f$. Then $JM' = 0$ where $M' = \mathop{\mathrm{Ker}}(M \to \mathop{\mathrm{lim}}\nolimits M/f^ nM)$. In particular, if $A$ is derived complete then $J$ is an ideal of square zero.

**Proof.**
Take $x \in M'$ and $g \in J$. For every $n \geq 1$ we may write $x = f^ n x_ n$. Since $g$ is in $f^ nA$ we see that the element $y_ n = gx_ n$ in $M'$ is independent of the choice of $x_ n$. In particular, we may take $x_ n = fx_{n + 1}$ and we find that $y_ n = fy_{n + 1}$. Thus we obtain a map $A_ f \to M$ sending $1/f^ n$ to $y_ n$. This map has to be zero as $M$ is derived complete (Lemma 15.90.1) and hence $y_ n = 0$ for all $n$. Since $gx = gfx_1 = fy_1$ this completes the proof.
$\square$

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