**Subraction** is the next logical extension of addition and yet causes confusion in students both young and old. Why? We were taught to solve subtraction problems in a confusing way.

I am going to show you a very simple way to subtract large (multi-digit) numbers. You will wonder why they never taught this method in school.

First we need to set some reference points so you can follow along with the concept.

## Step 1: Subtraction, Why the Confusion?

**Subtraction, Why the Confusion**

First - Forget what you were taught, subtraction is really a myth. Addition is where it is at.

Next - I am going to assume you already know a little bit about basic arithmatic, because you are already on the Internet and so can read. I will also assume you know what happens when you had 5 pennies and you lost 2 of those pennies.

KISS, Keep It Simple Silly and don't make subtraction hard on youself.

Each example uses only one of each digit, so you will know exactly which digit is referred to.

In text, each digit from an example will be referred to within square brackets [0], other numbers will be without them.

Terms such as minuend (a) - subtrahend (b) = difference (c) are odd words used to identify and denote parts of the subtraction. Now I do not care if you call them 'one' number, without 'the next' number leaves the "answer'. Just that we both know which is which when I mention them.