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Subtract 5/40 from 4/42

4/42 - 5/40 is -5/168.

Steps for subtracting fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 42 and 40 is 840
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 42 × 20 = 840,
    4/42 = 4 × 20/42 × 20 = 80/840
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 40 × 21 = 840,
    5/40 = 5 × 21/40 × 21 = 105/840
  4. Subtract the two fractions:
    80/840 - 105/840 = 80 - 105/840 = -25/840
  5. After reducing the fraction, the answer is -5/168

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