# Why is there a need to simplify fractions?

To clarify communication and to avoid misunderstandings.

For one thing, it is a spelling (or grammar) -like rule. Why do we spell school like that ("school") instead of skule? Why is "cat" spelled with a "c" rather than a "k"? Why do we end a sentence starting with the word "Why" by putting a question mark? Why do we end one sentence with a period and also start the next with a capital?

The reason we have spelling and punctuation 'rules' is to clarify communication and to avoid misunderstandings.

We simplify fractions for the same reason. To clarify communication and to avoid misunderstandings.

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There is a need to simplify fractions to express them in their simplest form, making them easier to understand and work with. Simplifying fractions helps in reducing confusion, aiding in comparisons, and facilitating calculations. Additionally, simplified fractions are often preferred for clarity and efficiency in communication and problem-solving.

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