## How to Subtract Fractions?

#### How to subtract fractions?

**Step 1:**Express the fractions using a common denominator. For this you need to find the lowest common denominator.

**Step 2:**Create equivalent fractions by making the denominator common.

**Step 3:**Subtract the numerators and leave the denominator as is.

**Step 4:**Simplify fractions if required.

For better understanding follow the word problem below.

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2. Mrs. Chopra had a cake.

She gave

1 |

2 |

2 |

5 |

Who received more? How much more?

When the fractions to be subtracted have different denominators, we must first change them to their equivalent fractions with the same denominator.

=

=

is greater than

So, Nadia received more cake than Nancy.

−

=

−

=

Nadia received

more of the cake than Nancy.

**Nadia:**1 |

2 |

5 |

10 |

**Nancy:**2 |

5 |

4 |

10 |

5 |

10 |

4 |

10 |

So, Nadia received more cake than Nancy.

1 |

2 |

2 |

5 |

=

5 |

10 |

4 |

10 |

=

1 |

10 |

Nadia received

1 |

10 |

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3. Josh and Halle bought a pizza.

Josh ate

1 |

3 |

7 |

12 |

What fraction of the pizza was left?

**Josh:**

1 |

3 |

4 |

12 |

**Halle:**

7 |

12 |

1 −

4 |

12 |

7 |

12 |

=

12 |

12 |

4 |

12 |

7 |

12 |

=

1 |

12 |

1 |

12 |