## How would you add two numbers?

Let’s say I have to add 35 and 59.

35 + 59 would mean first add 5+9 = 14. Write 4 and carry over1. Then add this 1 to 3 and 5 which comes to 9. So our answer is 94. This is how we were taught in school. Now we will learn to do this at magical speed. However, before we delve into the quick addition method discussed in this post, check out how to avoid carryover while adding numbers.

We draw this line separator that divides the numbers into units, tens, hundreds and so on. We then add numbers in the same place or rather column together moving from left to right rather than right to left.

In our example we draw a line between 3 and 5 in 35 and 5 and 9 in 59. We add 3 and 5 first which is 8. Since it is at tens place this 8 is not 8 but 80. Now add 5 + 9 = 14. Now 14 = 10 +4, so we write 4 in the units place and carry over 1 or 10 to 3+5 or 30 + 50. And it becomes 80 + 10 +4.

3 / 5

5 / 9

——-

80

14

——-

94

At this stage you might be wondering what I am doing. Complicating things unnecessarily?

Well as of now you just added two digit numbers, once you get the hang of the concept you will be able to add 4 digit numbers also in a matter of seconds. Let me take some bigger numbers to demonstrate that.

Example: 986 + 37

98 / 6

3 / 7

——–

101

13

——-

1023

As you see 1010 + 10 +3 = 1023

To add 98 + 3 is a lot easier than adding 986 +37.

Now let us try adding two 3 digit numbers. Example: 575 + 789

57 / 5

78 / 9

Here we again break them i.e.

5/7/5

7/8/9

———

12+

15+

14 this 4 is written in the units place without thinking

So it becomes

4

6 (5+1 i.e. 1 from 14 and 5 from 15)

13 (12+1 i.e. 12 and 1 from 15)

———–

1364

Now isn’t this method making much more sense? Similarly, if you wish to add consecutive numbers in a jiffy, here’s the shortcut trick to add consecutive numbers.

With some practice you will not even need to scribble this on paper.

Practice 20 to 30 additions and you will be doing it all mentally. Don’t believe me. Give it a try and see it for yourself.

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