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Subtraction Word Problems
100

Is it a keyword for addition or subtraction?

take away

subtraction

100

23 + 34=

47

100

58 - 23 =

35

100

There were 842 people attending a baseball game after 42 people left. How many people were at the game before the people left?

842 + 42=

884

100

There are 832 seats in a movie theater. There are 372 people sitting in the seats. How many seats are empty?

832 - 372 = 460

200

Is it a keyword for addition or subtraction?

in all

200

39 + 73=

112

200

92 - 38 =

54

200

It was the Crazy Sales Week at the department store. Ashley finds a dress that costs \$116 and a hat that costs \$42. How much does she need to pay?

\$116 + \$42 = \$158

200

A school collects canned food for charity.

How many cans did the fourth grade collect?

329 - 213 = 116

300

Is it a keyword for addition or subtraction?

fewer

subtraction

300

183 + 125 =

308

300

478 - 231 =

247

300

Jacquelyn's mom drove 245 miles on Thursday and 523 miles on Friday. She has 172 miles more to drive on Saturday. How many miles will she drive in all?

245 + 523 + 172=

942

300

Alvin is trying to build a small house in the forest so that he has a place to stay when he goes hiking. He started by gathering some wood. He gathered 376 pieces of wood, but gave 123 pieces to his friend.  How many pieces of wood is left for Alvin?

376 - 123 = 253

400

Is it a keyword for addition or subtraction?

how many more

how many fewer

subtraction

400

634 + 267 =

901

400

589 - 324 =

265

400

The library is being relocated. The librarians are busy organizing the books. According to the library system, there are 124 new patrons, 152 inactive patrons, and 321 active patrons. How many patrons are there in total in the library system?

124 + 152 + 321= 597

400

Ms. Garland had 4,765 pencils.  She gave 1,940 pencils to Mrs. Williams.  How many pencils does Ms. Garland have left?

4,765 - 1,940 = 2,825

500

Is it a keyword for addition or subtraction?

sum

500

496 + 592 =

1,088

500

900 - 345 =

555

500

At a middle school there are:

- 147 students in 6th grade

- 98 students in 7th grade

- 258 students in 8th grade

How many students in total are enrolled at this middle school?

147 + 98 + 258= 503

500

Janine owns a catering service company. She was hired to cater for the mayor's 50th birthday. For the appetizers, she needs to make 750 mini meat pies. She divided her crew into 3 teams. If the first team made 235, and the second made 275, how many pies should the third team make?

750 - 235= 515

515 - 275 = 240

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