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Modern fractions contain both a numerator and a denominator. The denominator represents the total number of portions, and the numerator represents the number of those portions that we are measuring.
Hieroglyphic fractions work a little differently than modern fractions. With hieroglyphic fractions the numerator is always assumed to be 1, only the denominator varies. Fractions use the same hieroglyph characters as numbers. Placing the symbol above or alongside number hieroglyphs shows the number is a fraction.
To represent fractions with a numerator other than one, the Egyptians wrote several fractions which were added together to get the true fraction value.
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