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Compare 70/50 and 42/40

1st number: 1 20/50, 2nd number: 1 2/40

70/50 is greater than 42/40

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 50 and 40 is 200

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 200
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 50 × 4 = 200,
    70/50 = 70 × 4/50 × 4 = 280/200
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 40 × 5 = 200,
    42/40 = 42 × 5/40 × 5 = 210/200
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 280/200 > 210/200 or 70/50 > 42/40

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