# How would you rewrite Euclid’s fifth postulate so that it would be easier to understand?

**Solution:**

Euclid's fifth postulate: Given a line L and a point P not on the line, exactly one line can be drawn through P which is parallel to L.

Let's understand this.

For every line ‘l’ and for every point ‘P’ not lying on ‘l’, there exist a unique line ‘m’ passing through ‘P’ and parallel to ‘l’. This is called ‘Playfair’s Axiom’

- ‘l’ is a line and ‘p’ is a point not lying on ’l’.
- We can draw infinite lines through ‘p’ but there is only one line unique which is parallel to ‘l’ and passes through ‘p’.
- Take any point on ‘l’ and draw a line to ‘m’. Measure these distances.
- We know that it is the same everywhere, so these lines ‘l’ and ‘m’ do not meet anywhere.
- Hence, the two lines 'l' and 'm' are parallel.

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## How would you rewrite Euclid’s fifth postulate so that it would be easier to understand?

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**Summary:**

Euclid’s fifth postulate can be written as "for every line ‘l’ and for every point ‘p’ not lying on ‘l', there exist a unique line ‘m′ passing through ‘p’ and parallel to ‘l', this is called ‘Playfair’s Axiom’