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

Whole numbers are all natural numbers including zero

Fraction is a part of a whole

## Answer: Using following steps you can subtract a whole number from a fraction:

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

## 2. Subtract the two numerators and retain the denominator

Let's take an example

**Explanation:**

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

2. Subtract the two numerators and retain the denominator

Subtract 4 from 5/3

1. Rewrite 4 with denominator 3

i.e, 4 = 12/3

2. Now, 5/3 – 12/3 = –7/3