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Subtract 8/9 from 4/12

4/12 - 8/9 is -5/9.

Steps for subtracting fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 12 and 9 is 36
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 12 × 3 = 36,
    4/12 = 4 × 3/12 × 3 = 12/36
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 9 × 4 = 36,
    8/9 = 8 × 4/9 × 4 = 32/36
  4. Subtract the two fractions:
    12/36 - 32/36 = 12 - 32/36 = -20/36
  5. After reducing the fraction, the answer is -5/9

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