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Convert the fractions into equivalent fractions with the same denominator.

In actually adding mixed numbers, it is easier to convert the mixed numbers into improper (top heavy) fractions, do the addition, simplify the resulting fraction and convert any resulting improper fraction back into a mixed number.

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Q: When asked to find the sum of two mixed numbers with different denominators you should before you add?
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