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Subtract 2/5 from 12/60

12/60 - 2/5 is -1/5.

Steps for subtracting fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 60 and 5 is 60
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 60 × 1 = 60,
    12/60 = 12 × 1/60 × 1 = 12/60
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 5 × 12 = 60,
    2/5 = 2 × 12/5 × 12 = 24/60
  4. Subtract the two fractions:
    12/60 - 24/60 = 12 - 24/60 = -12/60
  5. After reducing the fraction, the answer is -1/5

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