# Subtracting Fractions Is A Simple Task

**keys**to successfully subtraction also apply. Make sure the

**“denominators are the same!”**

**Here is the rule for subtracting fractions…**

- Build each fraction so that the denominators of each fraction are equal.
- Subtract the numerators of the fractions.
- The denominator of the answer will be the common denominator or the denominator of the built-up fractions, whichever applies.
- Reduce or simplify the answer, if needed.

**Note**: We **Do Not Subtract** denominators!

If you want to subtract fractions with the **same denominator**, simply omit **Step #1**.

### 3/5 – 1/5 =(3 – 1)/5 = 2/5

When the fractions have different denominators, you do **all** the steps.

### 1/2 – 1/3 = 3/6 – 2/6 =

### = (3 – 2)/6 = 1/6

As usual, we cover all of the **other things** that could affect your understanding of subtracting fractions, just to be sure nothing is missed.

Click the links below for more instructions to be sure you have these operations down pat.

## Supplemental Help

Subtracting Fractions Same Denominator