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# How to Subtract Fractions with Like Denominators

When two fractions share the same number in the denominator, it’s a common, or like, denominator. Subtracting these fractions is straightforward: just subtract numerators! The resulting fraction will always retain the original common denominator, so your focus is solely on the numbers above the line.

**Subtracting Fractions With Common Denominators**

### You need to follow the steps from the list:

- Find the numerators as well as denominators.
- Subtract the numerators.
- Reduce or solve the fraction if needed.

**Find the Numerators as Well as Denominators**

For example, 12/26 – 4/26 – 1/26. In this example:

- The numerators are 12, 4, and 1.
- The common denominator is 26.

**Subtract the Numerators**

As with addition, you don’t have to worry about doing anything with the denominator, so find the difference between the numerators:

- 12 – 4 – 1 = 7
- Write the fraction with a new numerator: 12/26 – 4/26 – 1/26 = 7/26.

**Reduce or Solve the Fraction if Needed**

Comparable to adding fractions, when you subtract fractions, you can still end up with:

- An improper fraction that can be modified to a mixed number
- A fraction that can be solved by division
- A fraction that can be transformed into a simpler type by locating a common denominator

Want to know how to add fractions with unlike denominators? Continue Reading.

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