Proposition 1.4.5.13. Let $T$ be the collection of all monomorphisms in the category $\operatorname{Set_{\Delta }}$ of simplicial sets. Then:

**Proof.**
To prove $(a)$, we must establish the following:

The collection $T$ is closed under pushouts. That is, if we are given a pushout diagram of simplicial sets

\[ \xymatrix@R =50pt@C=50pt{ A_{\bullet } \ar [d]^{f} \ar [r] & A'_{\bullet } \ar [d]^{f'} \\ B_{\bullet } \ar [r] & B'_{\bullet } } \]where $f$ is a monomorphism, then $f'$ is also a monomorphism. This is clear, since we have a pushout diagram

\[ \xymatrix@R =50pt@C=50pt{ A_{n} \ar [d] \ar [r] & A'_{n} \ar [d] \\ B_{n} \ar [r] & B'_{n} } \]in the category of sets for each $n \geq 0$ (where the left vertical map is injective, so the right vertical map is injective as well).

The collection $T$ is closed under retracts. This is a special case of Exercise 1.4.4.8.

The collection $T$ is closed under transfinite composition. Suppose we are given an ordinal $\alpha $ and a functor $S: \mathrm{Ord}_{\leq \alpha } \rightarrow \operatorname{Set_{\Delta }}$, given by a collection of simplicial sets $\{ S(\beta )_{\bullet } \} _{ \beta \leq \alpha }$ and transition maps $f_{\gamma ,\beta }: S(\beta )_{\bullet } \rightarrow S(\gamma )_{\bullet }$. Assume that the maps $f_{\beta +1,\beta }$ are monomorphisms for $\beta < \alpha $ and that, for every nonzero limit ordinal $\lambda \leq \alpha $, the induced map $\varinjlim _{\beta < \lambda } S(\beta )_{\bullet } \rightarrow S(\lambda )_{\bullet }$ is an isomorphism. We must show that the map $f_{\alpha ,0}: S(0)_{\bullet } \rightarrow S(\alpha )_{\bullet }$ is a monomorphism of simplicial sets. In fact, we claim that for each $\gamma \leq \alpha $, the map $f_{\gamma ,0}: S(0)_{\bullet } \rightarrow S(\gamma )_{\bullet }$ is a monomorphism. The proof proceeds by transfinite induction on $\gamma $. In the case $\gamma = 0$, the map $f_{\gamma ,0} = \operatorname{id}_{ S(0)_{\bullet } }$ is an isomorphism. If $\gamma $ is a nonzero limit ordinal, then the desired result follows from our inductive hypothesis, since the collection of monomorphisms in $\operatorname{Set_{\Delta }}$ is closed under filtered colimits. If $\gamma = \beta + 1$ is a successor ordinal, then we can identify $f_{\gamma ,0}$ with the composition

\[ S(0)_{\bullet } \xrightarrow { f_{\beta ,0} } S(\beta )_{\bullet } \xrightarrow { f_{\gamma ,\beta } } S(\gamma )_{\bullet }, \]where $f_{\gamma ,\beta }$ is a monomorphism by assumption and $f_{\beta ,0}$ is a monomorphism by virtue of our inductive hypothesis.

We now prove $(b)$. Let $T'$ be a collection of morphisms in $\operatorname{Set_{\Delta }}$ which is weakly saturated and contains each of the inclusions $\operatorname{\partial \Delta }^ n \hookrightarrow \Delta ^ n$; we wish to show that every monomorphism $i: A_{\bullet } \rightarrow B_{\bullet }$ belongs to $T'$. For each $k \geq -1$, let $B(k)_{\bullet } \subseteq B_{\bullet }$ denote the simplicial subset given by the union of the skeleton $\operatorname{sk}_ k( B_{\bullet } )$ (Construction 1.1.3.5) with the image of $i$. Then the inclusion $i$ can be written as a transfinite composition

Since $T'$ is closed under transfinite composition, it will suffice to show that each of the inclusion maps $B(k-1)_{\bullet } \hookrightarrow B(k)_{\bullet }$ belongs to $T'$. Applying Proposition 1.1.3.13 to both $A_{\bullet }$ and $B_{\bullet }$, we obtain a pushout diagram

where $Q$ denotes the collection of all nondegenerate $k$-simplices of $B_{\bullet }$ which do not belong to the image of $i$. Since $T'$ is closed under pushouts, we are reduced to showing that the inclusion map

belongs to $T'$. By virtue of Theorem 5.4.1.34, the set $Q$ admits a well-ordering. Then $j$ can be written as a transfinite composition of morphisms

each of which is a pushout of the inclusion $\operatorname{\partial \Delta }^ k \hookrightarrow \Delta ^ k$. $\square$