Q: What is 2 minus five sixths of a whole?

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You have to convert your fractions so that they are all the same. In this case, we can use sixths. So two and three sixths (two and a half), minus one and four sixths (one and two thirds), would equal five sixths. Another way to do it is to convert the whole numbers to sixths as well. Fifteen sixths minus ten sixths equals five sixths.

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8 1/6 = 49 sixths. 49 - 5 (sixths) = 44(sixths). Change the sixths back to whole numbers, divide by 6 = 7 2/6 = 7 1/3.

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Oneand one sixth is six sixths (one in total) plus one sixth - or seven sixths. So seven sixths minus 5 sixths is 2 sixths which can also be expressed as one third.

7 1/3 minus 5 5/6 is 1 1/2

1 1/3 minus 2/6 is 1.

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5/6 - 2/5 = 3/5

5/6 minus 3/6 = 2/6 or 1/3 in its simplest form