In this post we will try to understand the concept of subtraction and the different methods which can be used to subtract two numbers.

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**What is Subtraction**

In subtraction, we basically calculate the difference between the two numbers.

Let us understand the concept with the help of example:

**Example 01**

Suppose you have three chocolates with you.

Your friends visits your house and you gift him one chocolate of yours.

How many chocolates are left with you?

Solution

Number of chocolates you have = 3

Chocolate gifted to friend = 1

In order to calculate the left chocolates, you have to calculate the difference of the above numbers.**Chocolates left with you** = **3 – 1** = **2**

we can read the equation ” 3 – 1 = 2 ” as **” three minus one is equal to two”**

**Example 02**

Suppose you have five apple with you

You ate two apples in lunch

How many apples do you have?

Solution

Number of apples with you = 5

Apples ate in lunch = 2

In order to calculate the left apples, you have to do subtraction of the above numbers**Apples left after lunch** = 5 – 2 = **3**

we can read the equation ” 5 – 2 = 3 ” as **” Five minus two is equal to three”**

**Example 03**

Suppose you have 6 pencils with you and you lost 1 pencil at your school

How many pencils left with you?

Solution

Number of pencils with you = 6

Pencils Lost = 1

**Pencils left** = 6 – 1 = **5**

we can read the equation ” 6 – 1 = 5 ” as **” Six minus one is equal to five”**

**Sign of Subtraction**

In order to subtract two numbers we use ” **–** ” sign.

**For example:**

If we want to subtract 6 with 2, it can be expressed as :

⟹ **6 – 2 = 4**

The expression can be read as **” Six minus Two is equal to Six”**

**How to subtract two 1 digit number**

Here we will see different methods we can use to subtract two given numbers. All the methods are equally useful to get the right answer, you have to choose the one which you find convenient to use.

**Subtraction using Number line**

Here we will take the help of number line for subtraction.

Let us understand this method with the help of examples.

**Example 01**

Subtract **10 – 6 = ?**

Solution

Do the following steps:

Step 1 : Start at number 10

Step 2 : Take 6 jumps towards the left

Step 3 : Stop at number 4

From the number line you can see ⟹ **10 – 6 = 4****Hence number 4 is the right answer**

we can read the equation ” 10 – 6 = 4 ” as **” Nine minus six is equal to four”**

**Example 02****Subtract 6 – 4 = ?**

Solution

Do the following steps:

Step 1 : Start at number 6

Step 2 : Take 4 jumps towards the left on the number line

Step 3 : Stop at number 2

From the number line you can see ⟹ **6 – 4 = 2****Hence number 2 is the right answer**

we can read the equation ” 6 – 4 = 2 ” as **” Six minus Four is equal to Two”**

**Example 03****Subtract 13 – 7 = ?**

Solution

Do the following steps:

Step 1 : Start at number 13

Step 2 : Take 7 jumps towards the left on the number line

Step 3 : Stop at number 6

From the number line you can see ⟹ **13 – 7 = 6****Hence number 6 is the right answer**

we can read the equation ” 13 – 7 = 6 ” as **” Thirteen minus seven is equal to six”**

**Subtraction using Number Counting**

In this method we will do subtraction by manually counting numbers.

Let us understand the concept with the help of examples.

**Example 01**

Subtract **5 – 3= ?**

Solution

Do the following steps:

Step 01: Write all the numbers up to 5 sequentially

Step 02 : Cancel 3 strokes from the right

Step 03: Only 2 strokes are left.

From the above steps, you will find ⟹ 5 – 3 = 2**Hence 2 is the right answer**

we can read the equation ” 5 – 3 = 2 ” as **” Five minus three is equal to two”**

**Example 02**

Subtract **7 – 4= ?**

Solution

Do the following steps:

Step 01: Write all the numbers up to 7 sequentially

Step 02 : Cancel 4 strokes from the right

Step 03: Only 3 strokes are left.

From the above steps, you will find ⟹ 7 – 4 = 3**Hence 3 is the right answer**

we can read the equation ” 7 – 4 = 3 ” as **” Seven minus Four is equal to three”**

**Example 03**

Subtract **10 – 5 = ?**

Solution

Do the following steps:

Step 01: Write all the numbers up to 10 sequentially

Step 02 : Cancel 5 strokes from the right

Step 03: Only 5 strokes are left.

From the above steps, you will find ⟹ 10 – 5 = 5**Hence 5 is the right answer**

we can read the equation ” 10 – 5 = 5 ” as **” Ten minus Five is equal to five”**

**Example 04**

Subtract **6 – 6 = ?**

Solution

Do the following steps:

Step 01: Write all the numbers up to 6 sequentially

Step 02 : Cancel 6 strokes from the right

Step 03: 0 strokes left.

From the above steps, you will find ⟹ 6 – 6 = 0**Hence 0 is the right answer**

we can read the equation ” 6 – 6 = 0 ” as **” Six minus six is equal to zero”**

**Subtraction using Finger Counting**

You can also take the help of your fingers in order to subtract two numbers.

This is the most suitable method of subtraction for kids as it is both easy and convenient to do calculation without the help of pen and paper.

Let us understand this with the help of example

**Example 01**

Subtract** 9 – 4 = ?**

Solution

So the following steps:

Step 01: Open 9 fingers using both the hands

Step 02: Close 4 fingers from the right

Step 03: Count the number of fingers left open (in this case 5)

Following above steps, we will get ⟹ **9 – 4 = 5**

Hence 5 is the right answer.

we can read the equation ” 9 – 4 = 5 ” as **” Nine minus Four is equal to Five”**

**Example 02**

Subtract** 7 – 3 = ?**

Solution

So the following steps:

Step 01: Open 7 fingers using both the hands

Step 02: Close 3 fingers from the right

Step 03: Count the number of fingers left open (in this case 4)

Following above steps, we will get ⟹ **7 – 3 = 4**

Hence 4 is the right answer.

we can read the equation ” 7 – 3 = 4 ” as **” Seven minus Three is equal to Four”**

**Example 03**

Subtract** 5 – 2 = ?**

Solution

So the following steps:

Step 01: Open 5 fingers using one of your the hand

Step 02: Close 2 fingers from the right

Step 03: Count the number of fingers left open (in this case 3)

Following above steps, we will get ⟹ **5 – 2 = 3**

Hence 3 is the right answer.

we can read the equation ” 5 – 2 = 3 ” as **” Five minus Two is equal to Three”**

**Example 04**

Subtract** 10 – 2 = ?**

Solution

So the following steps:

Step 01: Open 10 fingers using both the hands

Step 02: Close 2 fingers from the right

Step 03: Count the number of fingers left open (in this case 8)

Following above steps, we will get ⟹ **10 – 2 = 8**

Hence 8 is the right answer.

we can read the equation ” 10 – 2 = 8 ” as **” Ten minus Two is equal to Eight”**