# How do you subtract a fraction from a whole number ?

Whole numbers are all natural numbers including 0

A fraction represents a numerical value, which defines the parts of a whole

## Answer: To subtract a fraction from a whole number, convert the whole number into a fraction, then form a common denominator and then subtract the two numerators

Let's look into the steps to subtract a fraction from a whole number

## Explanation:

- Convert the whole number into a fraction by taking denominator as 1
- Compare the denominators and make them common so that they become like fractions
- Subract the numerators of the two fractions

Example: Subtract 1/2 from 4

Step 1: Converting whole number into a fraction

4 in terms of fraction is 4/1

Step 2: Make the denominator common

Since, 1/2 has 2 as the denominator hence, we need to make the denominator of 4/1 as 2

Multiplying numerator and denominator with 2 we get,

(4 × 2) / (1 × 2) = 8/2

Step 3: Subtracting the numerators of the two fractions

8/2 - 1/2 = (8-1)/2 = 7/2