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 Subtracting Mixed Numbers   1.      To subtract mixed numbers you must make                    Step 1:       the fraction portion into “like” denominators first.                          -    2.      If the numerator of the first fraction is smaller than             Step 2:           the numerator of the second fraction you must regroup                         -      the first mixed number.  To regroup: take one whole     away from the whole number and add it as a fraction to    the fractional portion.      3.      Subtract the fractions first then the whole numbers.                Step 3:  Reduce if necessary.                                                                                       -                                                                                                                           Note:  If you are subtracting a mixed number from a whole number you must regroup the whole number--- You cannot subtract from zero:                                             25               =                                     -                                       -