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Subtract 5/8 from 8/42

8/42 - 5/8 is -73/168.

Steps for subtracting fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 42 and 8 is 168
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 42 × 4 = 168,
    8/42 = 8 × 4/42 × 4 = 32/168
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 8 × 21 = 168,
    5/8 = 5 × 21/8 × 21 = 105/168
  4. Subtract the two fractions:
    32/168 - 105/168 = 32 - 105/168 = -73/168

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