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An advantage of the place-value system is that we can extend it to include fractions. Just as there are places for whole numbers such as the hundreds, tens and units, so we can make places for fractions such as the tenths, hundredths, thousandths', and so on. However, we also need to show where the whole numbers end and the fractions begin. We use a decimal point to separate the whole numbers from the fractions

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In the number 376,295, the 2 in the first position after the decimal point shows that there are two tenths. The 9 is in the second position after the decimal point; this stands for nine hundredths. The 5 is in the third position after the decimal point and shows five thousandths

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