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Compare 3/14 and 2/5

3/14 is smaller than 2/5

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 14 and 5 is 70
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 14 × 5 = 70,
    3/14 = 3 × 5/14 × 5 = 15/70
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 5 × 14 = 70,
    2/5 = 2 × 14/5 × 14 = 28/70
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 15/70 < 28/70 or 3/14 < 2/5

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