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Compare 2/5 and 5/8

2/5 is smaller than 5/8

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 5 and 8 is 40
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 5 × 8 = 40,
    2/5 = 2 × 8/5 × 8 = 16/40
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 8 × 5 = 40,
    5/8 = 5 × 5/8 × 5 = 25/40
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 16/40 < 25/40 or 2/5 < 5/8

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