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A restaurant chef needs 8 1/2 pound of salmon. To get a good price, he buys more than he needs. He ends up with 4 7/8 pounds too much. How much salmon did he buy?

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    Add the two amounts.

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    do I make them the same denominator or no?

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    Yes. You always need the same denominator when adding or subtracting fractions.

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    would it be 13 3/8 or no?

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    Yes!!! You are right! :-)

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    thank you!! On this problem x - 3/4 + 1/6 = 17/12
    can you help on where to take this problem on with the steps?

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    You're welome.

    x - 3/4 + 1/6 = 17/12

    x - 9/12 + 2/12 = 17/12
    x - 7/12 = 17/12
    x = 17/12 + 7/12
    x = 24/12
    x = 2

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