# Subtracting Decimals

*Subtracting decimals is easy when you keep your work neat*

To subtract decimals, follow these steps:

- Write down the two numbers, one under the other, with the decimal points lined up.
- Add zeros so the numbers have the same length
- Then subtract normally, remembering to put the decimal point in the answer

### Example: Subtract 0.03 from 1.1

Line the decimals up: | 1.1 | ||

− | 0.03 | ||

"Pad" with zeros: | 1.10 | ||

− | 0.03 | ||

Subtract: | 1.10 | ||

− | 0.03 | ||

1.07 |

Answer: **1.07**

So, that was just like 110 − 3 = 107, but with the decimal point in a different position

### Example: Calculate 7.005-0.55

Line the decimals up: | 7.005 | ||

− | 0.55 | ||

"Pad" with zeros: | 7.005 | ||

− | 0.550 | ||

Subtract: | 7.005 | ||

− | 0.550 | ||

6.455 |

Answer: **6.455**

And that was just like 7,005 − 550 = 6,455