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**Reducing a fraction means that you divide the numerator and the denominator by the highest number that can divide both numbers exactly.**

**To reduce a fraction, follow the given steps :**

- Find the highest number (except 1) by which both the
**numerator**and the**denominator**can be exactly divided . - Divide both the numerator and the denominator by that number.
- See if you can reduce it again.

To reduce this fraction, we need to think of a number by which we can divide 8 and 10 exactly.

That number is 2.

Now we'll divide both the numerator **(8)** and the denominator **(10)** by 2

We now need to think if there's another number by which both the 4 and the 5 can be divided. There isn't, so we are done.

Both the numerator **(30)** and the denominator **(45)** of this fraction can be divided by 15, so let's do that:

You may notice that both 30 and 45 can also be divided by 3 and 5.

If you choose to start by dividing them both by 3, you'll just have to do an extra step and divide them both by 5 also. You will get the same answer:

Summary

- Reducing a fraction means that you divide the numerator and denominator by the highest number that can divide both numbers exactly.
- To reduce a fraction, follow the given steps :
- Find the highest number (except 1) by which both the
**numerator**and the**denominator**can be exactly divided . - Divide both the numerator and the denominator by that number.
- See if you can reduce it again.

- Find the highest number (except 1) by which both the