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Subtract 3/8 from 5/9

5/9 - 3/8 is 13/72.

Steps for subtracting fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 9 and 8 is 72
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 9 × 8 = 72,
    5/9 = 5 × 8/9 × 8 = 40/72
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 8 × 9 = 72,
    3/8 = 3 × 9/8 × 9 = 27/72
  4. Subtract the two fractions:
    40/72 - 27/72 = 40 - 27/72 = 13/72

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