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38 is smaller than 49

- Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:

LCM of 8 and 9 is**72**

Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 72 - For the 1st fraction, since 8 × 9 = 72,

38 = 3 × 98 × 9 = 2772 - Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 9 × 8 = 72,

49 = 4 × 89 × 8 = 3272 - Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
- 2772 < 3272 or 38 < 49

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