 # What is 3/4 + 2/8? 3 4
+
 2 8

## Step 1

We have to make sure the denominators are equal.

8 goes into 4 evenly, so we only need to multiply one term to get a common denominator.

Multiply 3 by 2, and get 6, then we multiply 4 by 2 and get 8. This gives us a new problem that looks like so:

 6 8
+
 2 8

## Step 2

Since our denominators match, we can add the numerators.

6 + 2 = 8

That gives us an answer of

 8 8

## Step 3

Can this fraction be reduced?

First, we attempt to divide it by 2...

Are both the numerator and the denominator evenly divisible by 2? Yes! So we reduce it:

 8 8
÷ 2 =
 4 4

So far so good... let's try to divide by that number again.

Are both the numerator and the denominator evenly divisible by 2? Yes! So we reduce it:

 4 4
÷ 2 =
 2 2

So far so good... let's try to divide by that number again.

Are both the numerator and the denominator evenly divisible by 2? Yes! So we reduce it:

 2 2
÷ 2 =
 1 1

So far so good... let's try to divide by that number again.

No good. 2 is larger than 1. So we're done reducing.

And we're done! Here's the final answer to 3/4 + 2/8

 3 4
+
 2 8
=
 1 1
= 1