So I know how to read normal fractions (like 1/2) in Japanese but I was wondering how to read mixed fractions (such as 3 1/2). Would one just say 三と二分の一? Thanks.

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"3 1/2" is generally read:

「[3]{さん}[2分]{にぶん}の[1]{いち}」 by older people


「32分の1」 by younger people.

The 「と」 would clearly be the particle 「と」 meaning "and".

The 「か」, however, would probably be the counter 「箇{か}」. (Where the 「か」 came from, we were never taught in school.)

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    か being 個 or 箇 is confirmed on this site.
    – Earthliŋ
    Commented Jun 24, 2018 at 11:49
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    Where would the counter be placed (e.g. if I have 3 cucumbers and a half)? Commented Feb 15, 2019 at 8:02

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