Decimal addition is adding numbers that have a decimal point.

Just like positive integers, decimals are added by aligning them by place value.

**Align the Decimal Points:**Write the numbers one under the other so that their decimal points__line up__. (This is equivalent to aligning the numbers by place value.)**Fill in Empty Spaces with Zeros:**If the numbers have different decimal lengths,__fill the shorter number with zeros__to the right of the last decimal digit. (Why can we put in extra zeros?)**Add from Right to Left:**__Start adding from the rightmost digit__(just like whole numbers). If the sum of a column is 10 or more, carry over to the next column on the left.**Place the Decimal Point in the Answer:**The decimal point in the answer should be directly below the other decimal points.

Let's add 2.14 and 5.7

Let's add 0.8 and 3.46

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**align the decimal points**. - Remember to carry over if a column sums to 10 or more.
- Practice regularly to get comfortable with adding decimals.

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