## Roman Numerals 101 |

**V**The 'V' on its own represents five.**VI**The V followed by a 'I' means five plus one. So this represents six.**VII**In the same way V (five) plus II (two) is equal to**seven**.**VIII**And V (five) plus III (three) is equal to**eight**.

**VIIII**And V (five) plus IIII (four) is equal to**nine**. NO! Just when you figured it out the overuse rule catches up with us. Remember the minus rule? For every fifth element we change the code. But just before we change the code, we introduce the code with a smaller letter**before**it to represent the new code minus one. The next code is 'X' (ten), and we meet it at 'X' (ten) minus 'I' (one), which is the ninth number in our list of numbers.**IX**This is the representation for**nine**.

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