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Subtract 2/56 from 5/42

5/42 - 2/56 is 1/12.

Steps for subtracting fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 42 and 56 is 168
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 42 × 4 = 168,
    5/42 = 5 × 4/42 × 4 = 20/168
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 56 × 3 = 168,
    2/56 = 2 × 3/56 × 3 = 6/168
  4. Subtract the two fractions:
    20/168 - 6/168 = 20 - 6/168 = 14/168
  5. After reducing the fraction, the answer is 1/12

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