# Wikijunior:Introduction to Mathematics/Subtracting

Subtracting is a way of taking a number out from an other number. It is the opposite of adding. You use the "** - **" sign for the subtracting operation. If you have 5 apples and give 3 to a friend, you then have 2 apples. This is **5 - 3 = 2** using the signs of mathematics.

Order is important when subtracting. **3 - 2** is not the same as **2 - 3**.

## Example Questions[edit]

3+4=7, 5+10=15, 3+8=11, 2+6=8