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Subtract 3/9 from 1/5

1/5 - 3/9 is -2/15.

Steps for subtracting fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 5 and 9 is 45
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 5 × 9 = 45,
    1/5 = 1 × 9/5 × 9 = 9/45
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 9 × 5 = 45,
    3/9 = 3 × 5/9 × 5 = 15/45
  4. Subtract the two fractions:
    9/45 - 15/45 = 9 - 15/45 = -6/45
  5. After reducing the fraction, the answer is -2/15

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