# Subtraction Word Problems

Subtraction word problems occur in any situations where there is a loss or a decrease of something as a result of reducing a number from another. Here the top number is always bigger than the bottom number.As subtraction is removing parts from a whole. Consider the following examples.
Solution :
Total number of beads in the beginning = 480
Number of beads lost = 48
Number of beads left = 480 - 48
 5 10 4 6    0 - 4 8-------------- 4 1 2
Number of beads left = 412.
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Example 2 : There are 685 children in a school. Due to snow fall 129 children were absent. How many children attended the school?
Total number of children in a school = 685
Number of children absent = 129
Number of children attended the school = 685 - 129
 7 15 6 8    5 - 1    2    9----------------   5    5    6
Number of children attended the school = 556.
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Example 3 : My storybook has 152 pages. I have read 36 pages. How many pages are left?
Solution :
Total number of pages in storybook = 152
Number of pages read = 36
Number of pages left = 152 - 36
 4 12 1 5    2 -       3    6----------------   1    1    6
Number of pages left = 116.
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Practice

1) A train carried 654 passengers. At a station 125 passengers got down. How many were left?

3) A man had \$624. He spent \$216. How much money is left?

4) Roger has 64 candles and Nancy has 80 candles. Who has more candles and how many more?

5) How many eggs were left in a basket if 135 eggs were sold out of 240 eggs?

Subtraction word problems