Learn Subtracting decimals concept. Subtracting decimals is same as that of subtracting whole numbers. The subtraction is said to be removing a part from the whole. The difference between two numbers or quantities is determined. The act of taking one number away from another is known as subtraction. For example, 5.7 – 3.2 = 2.5, here check the decimal points while subtracting the decimals.

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Much of what we have said about adding decimals is also true of subtraction. To subtract decimals, we use the following rule:

** Step 1:** Write the decimal numbers that are subtracted in column vice with their decimal points in a vertical line.

**Step 2:** Subtract just as you would with whole numbers.

** Step 3:** Place the decimal point of the difference in line with the decimal points of the numbers being subtracted.

Below you can see the examples of how to subtract decimals with proper steps -

Step 1:

Let us write the two numbers one under the other, with the decimal points lined up in the column.

2.6

0.06

Step 2:

Add zeros to the number which should be same in length.

2.60

0.06

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Step 3:

Subtract the numbers normally start from the right and subtract each column one by one and put the decimal point as it is given in the problem.

The number 6 cannot be subtracted from 0. So, borrow 1 from the next left position in the above number. The number 0 becomes 10 and subtract 6 from 10 we get 4.

2.60

__0.06__

2 .54

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The above problem is just like subtracting 260 – 6 = 254. But the decimal point is in the different position.

The solution for 2.6 – 0.06

Step 1:

Let us write the two numbers one under the other, with the decimal points lined up in the column.

5.4336

4.2

Step 2:

Add zeros to the number which should be same in length.

5.4336

4.2000

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Step 3:

Subtract the numbers normally and put the decimal point as it is in the given example.

5.4336

4.2000

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1.2336

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The above problem is just like subtracting 54336 – 42000 = 12336. But the decimal point is in the different position.

Therefore, the solution for 5.4336 – 4.2000**Step 1:**

Let us write the two numbers one under the other, with the decimal points lined up in the column.

7.003

__0.23__

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**Step 2:**

Add zeros to the number which should be same in length.

7.003

__0.230__

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**Step 3:**

Subtract the numbers normally start from the right and subtract each column one by one and put the decimal point as it is given in the problem.

The number 3 cannot be subtracted from 0 on the hundredths place. So, borrow 1 form the next tenths place in the top number. The number 0 becomes 10 in the hundredths place and subtract 6 from 10 we get 4.7.003

__0.230__

6.

Below you can see some word problems on subtracting decimals -

103.5 cm

__ - 98.5 cm__

5.0 cm

Add zeros to the given values to make both look as a common decimal points.

15.00 Then subtract as normal.

__ - 14.20__

$ 00.80

$20.00

$7.60

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