In these lessons, we will learn how to subtract a fraction from a whole number.

**Related Pages**

Subtracting Fractions

Adding Fractions

Equivalent Fractions

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We will look at two possible methods used when subtracting fractions from a whole number.

**Method 1**

We convert the whole number to a mixed number and then perform the addition or subtraction.

**Example:**

Calculate

**Solution:**

**How to subtract fractions from a whole number?**

Step 1: Borrow 1 from the whole number portion.

Step 2: Convert 1 into an equivalent fraction with same denominator to the given fraction.

Step 3: Subtract the given fraction from the equivalent fraction you converted.

Step 4: Add result from step 1 and step 3.

**Example:**

5 - 7/10

16 - 5/8

10 - 5/12

20 - 1/16

**Method 2**

We convert the whole number to a fraction with the same denominator as the fraction and then perform the addition or subtraction.

**Example:**

Calculate

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