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Compare 2/9 and 1/4

2/9 is smaller than 1/4

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 9 and 4 is 36
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 9 × 4 = 36,
    2/9 = 2 × 4/9 × 4 = 8/36
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 4 × 9 = 36,
    1/4 = 1 × 9/4 × 9 = 9/36
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 8/36 < 9/36 or 2/9 < 1/4

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