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Subtraction is the opposite of addition. Subtraction means you are taking away a certain amount (the amount you’re subtracting). When we first think about subtraction, we can think about it as counting backwards (just like we counted forwards when we added numbers together).

In this section, you will learn how to subtract one digit minus one digit numbers, how to subtract without borrowing, and finally how to subtract with borrowing. We'll take you through it step-by-step and soon you will be subtracting with ease!

Subtracting One Digit Numbers

The first step in learning subtraction is understanding how to subtract one digit numbers from each other. Read this lesson for simple examples and illustrations you can use to learn the concepts.

Subtracting Without Borrowing

Once you've learned how to subtract one digit numbers, you'll need to move onto two digit numbers. This lesson explains how to subtract two digit numbers without borrowing. Try a practice problem to test yourself at the end!

Subtracting With Borrowing

More difficult subtraction problems will require you to borrow numbers. This lesson covers both one and two digit numbers. We provide step-by-step examples to assist you with a variety of problems.

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