These lessons look at simple examples of subtraction word problems.
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Words like ‘difference’, ‘less’, ‘take away’, ‘loss’ usually means that subtraction is involved.
For subtraction, take note which number has to be subtracted from which number. Subtracting in the wrong order will give you the wrong answer.
Example:
Andy has 53 marbles. Sam has 105 marbles and lost 8 when his bag of marbles dropped. Find
the difference between the number of marbles that Sam has left and Andy’s.
Solution:
[Sam has 105 marbles] – [8 lost] – [Andy has 53 marbles]
105 – 8 – 53 = 44 marbles
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Examples of subtraction word problems
Subtraction Word Problem
Example:
A farmer grows 531 tomatoes and is able to sell 176 of them in three days. Given that his
supply of tomatoes decreases by 176, how many tomatoes does he have remaining at the
end of the three days?
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