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342 is smaller than 3556

- Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:

LCM of 42 and 56 is**168**

Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 168 - For the 1st fraction, since 42 × 4 = 168,

342 = 3 × 442 × 4 = 12168 - Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 56 × 3 = 168,

3556 = 35 × 356 × 3 = 105168 - Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
- 12168 < 105168 or 342 < 3556

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