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# 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 take the lcm to make the denominator the same and subtract.

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

**Explanation:**

- Convert the whole number into a fraction by making the denominator 1.
- Compare the denominators and take lcm so that they become like fractions.
- Subtract the numerators of the two fractions.

Example: Subtract 1/2 from 4

- Step 1: 4 in terms of a fraction is 4/1
- Step 2: Since, 1/2 has 2 as the denominator hence, we need to make the denominator of 4/1 as 2. Thus, (4 × 2) / (1 × 2) = 8/2
- Step 3: Subtract the numerators of the two fractions. 8/2 - 1/2 = (8-1)/2 = 7/2

### Thus, to subtract a fraction from a whole number, convert the whole number into a fraction, then take the lcm to make the denominator the same and subtract.

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