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Subtract 4/12 from 5/21

5/21 - 4/12 is -2/21.

Steps for subtracting fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 21 and 12 is 84
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 21 × 4 = 84,
    5/21 = 5 × 4/21 × 4 = 20/84
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 12 × 7 = 84,
    4/12 = 4 × 7/12 × 7 = 28/84
  4. Subtract the two fractions:
    20/84 - 28/84 = 20 - 28/84 = -8/84
  5. After reducing the fraction, the answer is -2/21

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