Numbers: An introduction to subtraction
Numbers: An introduction to subtraction

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Numbers: An introduction to subtraction

1 Ways of expressing subtraction

Another way to say ‘subtract one number from another’ is to say ‘one number minus another’. And the standard sign to show this is a minus sign, which looks like this ‘–’. The expressions ‘take away’ or ‘take from’ are also used to mean subtract or minus.

So the following expressions all mean the same thing:

  • What do I get if I subtract 2 from 3?
  • What do I get if I take 2 from 3?
  • What is 3 take away 2?
  • What is 3 minus 2?
  • What is 3 – 2?

The result is 1 in all cases.


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