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# How do you know if a fraction is a negative or a positive fraction?

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**Fractions are generally taken as positive. They are otherwise known as rational numbers.

Rational numbers are defined as those numbers that can be written in the form of $\frac{p}{q}$ where p and q are integers and q is not zero.

There are positive rational numbers or **positive fractions** like

$\frac{2}{5}, \frac{5}{9}, \frac{3}{11}$, and so on. There is no negative or minus sign here. These positive fractions lie to the right of zero on the number line.

The** negative fractions **or negative rational numbers are less than zero and are located to the left of zero on the number line.

They always have a negative or minus sign before them.

Example: $\frac{-1}{2}, \frac{-3}{4}, \frac{-14}{5}$, and so on

**We know if a fraction is positive or negative from the minus sign before the fraction.**

**If there is a minus sign, it is a negative fraction and if there is none or if there is a positive or plus sign, then it is a positive fraction.**