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Subtract 42/27 from 4/21

1st number: 4/21, 2nd number: 1 15/27

4/21 - 42/27 is -86/63.

Steps for subtracting fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 21 and 27 is 189
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 21 × 9 = 189,
    4/21 = 4 × 9/21 × 9 = 36/189
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 27 × 7 = 189,
    42/27 = 42 × 7/27 × 7 = 294/189
  4. Subtract the two fractions:
    36/189 - 294/189 = 36 - 294/189 = -258/189
  5. After reducing the fraction, the answer is -86/63

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