# What is the difference between a rate and a ratio?

A rate is simply a type of ratio.

## Answer: Rate is predominantly calculated for two values with different units, while the ratio is for the same units or even different in some cases.

.A rate tells about the frequency by which an event occurs while a ratio refers to the relationship between the size, number, or degree of two or more things.

**Explanation:**

A ratio is a comparison between two numbers, written in the form of a fraction or even with the help of a semicolon.

A rate compares two quantities that may or may not have the same unit, unlike a ratio where the units of the two quantities are the same.

Let us go through few examples to understand the difference between the use of a ratio and a rate in questions.

Look at the example below.

A recipe calls for 7 ounces of citric juice, 22 ounces of orange juice, and 22 ounces of grapes juice. What is the ratio of citric juice to orange juice?

The ratio using the colon will be 7:22.