# Fractions:

#### Learn

##### New member
A man uses 5/2 buckets of paint to paint a Hall. He uses 5/4 less buckets to paint a room. How much paint did he use for the room?

#### tkhunny

##### Moderator
Staff member
"less" indicates some sort of subtraction or reduction. What are your thoughts?

#### Otis

##### Senior Member
Hello. Here's a similar example:

My friend's bike has 10 liters of petrol. My bike has 5 liters less. How many liters of petrol does my bike have?

If you can solve this example, then set up your exercise the same way.

If you still need help, please show us what you've tried or thought about, so far. Cheers!

#### Jomo

##### Elite Member
A man uses 5/2 buckets of paint to paint a Hall. He uses 5/4 less buckets to paint a room. How much paint did he use for the room?
As Otis strongly hinted, when you have trouble knowing how to solve a problem with the given numbers then try to use friendlier numbers.
Try to answer this one: A man uses 8 buckets of paint to paint a Hall. He uses 3 less buckets to paint a room. How much paint did he use for the room?

#### Learn

##### New member
A man uses 5/2 buckets of paint to paint a Hall. He uses 5/4 less buckets to paint a room. How much paint did he use for the room?
"less" indicates some sort of subtraction or reduction. What are your thoughts?
Yes... Right. Thank you.

#### Learn

##### New member
Hello. Here's a similar example:

My friend's bike has 10 liters of petrol. My bike has 5 liters less. How many liters of petrol does my bike have?

If you can solve this example, then set up your exercise the same way.

If you still need help, please show us what you've tried or thought about, so far. Cheers!

Thank you for this good example. It helped.

#### Learn

##### New member
As Otis strongly hinted, when you have trouble knowing how to solve a problem with the given numbers then try to use friendlier numbers.
Try to answer this one: A man uses 8 buckets of paint to paint a Hall. He uses 3 less buckets to paint a room. How much paint did he use for the room?
Thank you so much... All examples are very helpful.

#### Jomo

##### Elite Member
So what was your answer? Even if you know it is correct please post it anyways so others having the same trouble can see how you worked it out.

#### Learn

##### New member
So what was your answer? Even if you know it is correct please post it anyways so other having the same trouble can see how you worked it out.
Sure. Right. People on this forum helped me understand.

The paint used for hall = 5/2 buckets.
The paint used for room = 5/4 less buckets.

Therefore 5/2 - 5/4 = 5/4 or 1 1/4

Thank you.