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

Whole numbers are all natural numbers including zero. Fraction is a relationship between a part and a whole.

## Answer: To subtract a whole number from a fraction, convert the whole number in the fractional form such that both will be like fractions, and then subtract.

Let's take an example.

**Explanation:**

1. Rewrite the whole number in fractional form with the same denominator as in the fraction.

2. Subtract the two numerators and retain the denominator.

For example, subtract 4 from 5/3.

1. Rewrite 4 with denominator 3.

i.e, 4 = 12/3

2. Now, 5/3 – 12/3 = –7/3.