A fraction is usually split into two parts: the first part is the number on top, called the numerator; and the second part is the number on the bottom, called the denominator. These are both separated by a line called the “divisor line”. We can use the division method help to solve this question: to get a decimal, simply divide the numerator 71 by the denominator 8 (which you can enter in any calculator):
71 (numerator) ÷ 8 (denominator) = 8.88
And finally, you get 8.88 as your answer when you convert 8 7/8 (or 71/8) to a decimal.