What is a proper fraction ? Definition and examples.

A proper fraction is a common fraction that has a numerator that is smaller than the denominator.

The following fractions are examples of proper fractions.

Proper fractions


Because the numerator is less than the denominator, the common fraction will always name a number that is less than 1.

For example, notice that 3/6 = 0.5 and 16/40 = 0.4

0.5 and 0.4 are smaller than 1.

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