There are 3 common types of fractions with examples in Mathematics and sometimes, it can be hard to identify them.

In this lesson you will learn the 3 common types of fractions with examples and how to easily identify them.

BONUS:A link to practice questions on fractions is included at the end of this lesson.

## #1. Proper fraction

A fraction is said to be a proper fraction when the numerator is **smaller** than the denominator.

Example:\dfrac{1}{6}

## How to identify proper fractions

Imagine yourself carrying a newborn baby.

Of course, you are bigger than the baby and therefore it is “proper” to be the one carrying it.

Looking at our example of proper fraction above, you will see that it is the bigger number (6) that is carrying the smaller number (1).

## #2. Improper fraction

A fraction is said to be an improper fraction when the numerator is **bigger** than the denominator.

Example:\dfrac{7}{3}

## How to identify improper fractions

Imagine the newborn baby carrying you.

Even If it were possible, it would “**not be proper**” because, again, you are bigger and should be the one carrying the baby.

Looking at our example of improper fraction above, you will see that it is the smaller number (3), that is carrying the bigger number (7) which is sooooo **improper**.

## #3. Mixed fraction

A fraction is said to be a mixed fraction when a whole number is beside a proper fraction.

Example:2\frac{1}{3}

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