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Subtract 5/8 from 1/4

1/4 - 5/8 is -3/8.

Steps for subtracting fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 4 and 8 is 8
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 4 × 2 = 8,
    1/4 = 1 × 2/4 × 2 = 2/8
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 8 × 1 = 8,
    5/8 = 5 × 1/8 × 1 = 5/8
  4. Subtract the two fractions:
    2/8 - 5/8 = 2 - 5/8 = -3/8

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