 # What is 6/8 - 8/10? Here's how to subtract 8/10 from 6/8:

 6 8
 8 10

## Step 1

We can't subtract two fractions with different denominators. So you need to get a common denominator. To do this, you'll multiply the denominators times each other... but the numerators have to change, too. They get multiplied by the other term's denominator.

So we multiply 6 by 10, and get 60.

Then we multiply 8 by 8, and get 64.

Next we give both terms new denominators -- 8 × 10 = 80.

So now our fractions look like this:

 60 80
 64 80

## Step 2

Since our denominators match, we can subtract the numerators.

60 − 64 = -4

 -4 80

## Step 3

Last of all, we need to simplify the fraction, if possible. Can it be reduced to a simpler fraction?

To find out, we try dividing it by 2...

Are both the numerator and the denominator evenly divisible by 2? Yes! So we reduce it:

 -4 80
÷ 2 =
 -2 40

Let's try dividing by 2 again...

Are both the numerator and the denominator evenly divisible by 2? Yes! So we reduce it:

 -2 40
÷ 2 =
 -1 20

Let's try dividing by 2 again...

No good. 2 is larger than -1. So we're done reducing.

There you have it! The final answer is:
 6 8
 8 10
=
 1 20