# How to subtract a whole number from a mixed 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 mixed fraction

Let's take an example

**Explanation:**

1. Convert mixed fraction into improper fraction

2. Rewrite whole number in terms of fraction form with same denominator as fraction

3. Subtract the numerators and retain the same denominator

Subtract 3 from 5½

5½ = 11/2

Rewrite 3 with denominator 2

3 = 6/2

Now, 11/2 – 6/2 = 5/2