Sometimes algebraic expressions can be simplified – this means that we collect all the similar terms together. We would never say in conversation “I have 3 apples plus 2 apples”. Instead we would say, “I have **5 **apples”. Similarly in algebra we can say:

3 + 2 = 5

However, if I had 5 bananas and 2 apples, it would be impossible to write this in a simpler way.

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