 # What is 9/11 - 6/8? Here's how to subtract 6/8 from 9/11:

 9 11
 6 8

## 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 9 by 8, and get 72.

Then we multiply 6 by 11, and get 66.

Next we give both terms new denominators -- 11 × 8 = 88.

So now our fractions look like this:

 72 88
 66 88

## Step 2

Since our denominators match, we can subtract the numerators.

72 − 66 = 6

 6 88

## 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:

 6 88
÷ 2 =
 3 44

Let's try dividing by 2 again...

Nope! So now we try the next greatest prime number, 3...

Nope! So now we try the next greatest prime number, 5...

No good. 5 is larger than 3. So we're done reducing.

There you have it! The final answer is:
 9 11
 6 8
=
 3 44