How to Compare Fractions?


Fractions say how many portions of number or any particular value of a whole. It is often called the part or segment or division of any quantity, in other words. It is denoted using the symbol / such as a/b. For example, the number at the top is the numerator in 2/4, whilst the number below is the denominator.

A fraction is a number which describes the equal parts of a whole. Suppose you have to divide a number into four pieces, then it’s expressed as x/4. So here, the fraction, x/4, determines 1/4th of number x.

Rules for comparing fractions

  • The greater fraction is the one with the greater numerator
  • The greater fraction is the one with the smaller denominator.


1. Compare the fraction 1/5 and ⅓.


1/5 < ⅓


Consider two chocolates. Divide the first chocolate into three pieces, and then the second chocolate into five parts. It is evident from the explanation that 1⁄3 is greater than 1/5.

1/5 = 0.2

⅓ = 0.33

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