We can have 3 cases

- Both numbers are positive
- Both numbers are negative
- One is positive, one is negative

Let’s look at each of them separately

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Both numbers are positive
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2/3
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4/3
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Here, denominator is same.

So, we compare numerator.

2 < 4

∴ 2/3 < 4/3

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1/2
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2/3
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First of all, we make denominator same

Common denominator = LCM of 2 & 3

= 2 × 3

= 6

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Both numbers are negative
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When both numbers are negative,

we ignore the signs & compare

And then we reverse the order

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(-2)/3
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(-4)/3
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Ignoring signs

2/3 & 4/3

Here, denominator is same.

So, we compare numerator.

2 < 4

∴ 2/3 < 4/3

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Multiplying −1 both sides
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2/3 × −1 > 4/3 × −1

(-2)/3 > (-4)/3

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2
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(-
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2
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)/3
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Ignoring signs

1/2 & 2/3

Making denominator same

Common denominator = LCM of 2 & 3

= 2 × 3

= 6

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Multiplying
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*−1 both sides*1/2 × −1 > 2/3 × −1

(-1)/2 > (-2)/3

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One number is negative, one is positive
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The negative number is always smaller

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(-2)/3
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4/3
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(-2)/3 < 4/3

And,

1/2 & 2/(-3)

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1/2
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>
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2/(-3)
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