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Add/Subtract fractions

Adding and subtracting fractions is one of the most difficult areas of arithmetic for most students to get their heads around.

The reason why it is so hard, is that the structure of the numbers are so completely different from all the other numbers you have met up until this point. But do not despair.

It is worth reminding ourselves, at this point, to think about the meaning of the words Numerator and Denominator.

Numerator is derived from the Latin word numerus meaning a number.

Denominator is derived from the Latin word nomine meaning a name.