# 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.**Example 1:**Out of 460 beads, 48 beads were lost. How many beads were left?

**Solution :**

Total number of beads in the beginning = 480

Number of beads lost = 48

Number of beads left = 480 - 48

5 10
4 - 4 8 -------------- 4 1 2 |

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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 - 1 2 9 ---------------- 5 5 6 |

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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 - 3 6 ---------------- 1 1 6 |

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**Practice**

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

2) A man loaded 255 baskets of fruits on a truck. If 18 baskets were stolen. How many baskets 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**

2nd Grade Math

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