# 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 = 460
Number of beads lost = 48
Number of beads left = 460 - 48
 5   10   4    6    0 -       4    8--------------  4    1    2
Number of beads left = 412.
__________________________________________________________________
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.
__________________________________________________________________
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.
_______________________________________________________________
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?