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Subtract 5/8 from 2/9

2/9 - 5/8 is -29/72.

Steps for subtracting fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 9 and 8 is 72
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 9 × 8 = 72,
    2/9 = 2 × 8/9 × 8 = 16/72
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 8 × 9 = 72,
    5/8 = 5 × 9/8 × 9 = 45/72
  4. Subtract the two fractions:
    16/72 - 45/72 = 16 - 45/72 = -29/72

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