# Binary Substraction - How to Subtract Binary Numbers

Similar to binary addition, **binary subtraction** calculations are simple as well, as long as we remember how subtraction and the base 2 number system. Let's first look at an easy example.

111

__- 10__

101

Note that the difference is the same if this was decimal subtraction. Also similar to decimal subtraction is the concept of "borrowing." Watch as "borrowing" occurs when a larger digit, say 8, is subtracted from a smaller digit, say 5, as shown below in decimal subtraction.

35

__- 8__

27

For 10 minus 1, 1 is borrowed from the "tens" column for use in the "ones" column, leaving the "tens" column with only 2. The following examples show "borrowing" in binary subtraction.

10 100 1010

__- 1__ __- 10__ __- 110__

1 10 100

To practice binary subtraction, visit the **Practice Exercises** page.

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