Axiom of Pair and Axiom of Union?

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So I've been learning Set Theory by myself through Jech and Hrabeck textbook, and I'm having trouble understanding some axioms.

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What exactly is the difference between the axiom of pair and axiom of union?
From what I understood, the axiom of pair tells us that there is a set C whose elements are the elements of A and the elements of B. As for the axiom of union, what I understood is that it tells us that each member in a set is a set itself. (Please correct me if I'm wrong). However, I've seen proofs using axiom of union to prove that there is a set that exists which has the exact elements of both set A and set B. But if that's what the axiom is for, then what's the use of axiom of pair? Please help me understand the role of each of those axioms.

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Do you know the difference between ##\{A,B\}## and ##A\cup B##?
 
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Do you know the difference between ##\{A,B\}## and ##A\cup B##?
The first one is a set whose elements are A and B. The second one is a set whose elements are the elements of the sets A and B.
Is that correct?
 
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Right. The axiom of pair just says ##\{A,B\}## exists. The axiom of union says ##A\cup B## exists (well, more or less). So they're very different statements.
 
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Right. The axiom of pair just says ##\{A,B\}## exists. The axiom of union says ##A\cup B## exists (well, more or less). So they're very different statements.
I see. Just to be clear, is this right:
Let's say there is are sets A:{1,2,3} and B:{4,5,6}.
The axiom of pair would tell me that this set exists: {{123},{456}}. The axiom of union would tell me that this one exists: {1,2,3,4,5,6}.
 
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Yes.
 

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