Subtracting Fractions

This page contains links to free math worksheets for Fraction Subtraction problems. Click one of the buttons below to view a worksheet and its answer key. You can also use the 'Worksheets' menu on the side of this page to find worksheets on other math topics.

Common Denominator, no whole parts

Fraction subtraction with common denominators and without whole parts.

Fraction Subtraction

Mixed Fractions With Common Denominator

Subtraction of mixed fractions with common denominators.

Fraction Subtraction

Halves, Quarters, Eighths

Subtraction of common fractions with halves and quarters.

Fraction Subtraction

Different Denominators

Simple fraction addition with different denominators.

Fraction Subtraction

Mixed Fractions With Different Denominator

Subtraction of mixed fractions with different denominators.

Fraction Subtraction

Improper With Same Denominator

Fraction addition with improper fractions.

Fraction Subtraction

Improper With Different Denominator

Improper fraction addition with different denominators

Fraction Subtraction

How to Subtract Fractions

Subtracting fractions is similar to adding fractions. Most of the work involves the denominator. If the denominators of the two fractions are already the same, much of the work is done. Simply subtract the two numerators to get the answer fraction using the same denominator, and then reduce and make a proper fraction.

If the two values being subtracted are mixed fractions, it is often easier to turn them into improper fractions to perform the subtraction. This avoids any kind regrouping or borrowing from the minuend fraction if the numerator in the subtrahend is larger.

The steps for subtracting fractions is well illustrated in the fraction calculator at the link below. That page has a more detailed discussion of common denominators, mixed fractions and other topics that may help understand the steps necessary to subtract fractions.

Fraction Calculator
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