



 
Hi Nikheel. Start with a whole cake (mine is round). 1. John ate 1/6 of it. So divide it into 6 pieces and take one away. This leaves (5/6 of the cake). 2. Susan ate 1/5 of what was left. So divide what is left into 5 pieces and take one away. This leaves 4/5 of 5/6 of the cake = 4/5 x 5/6 = 4/6 of the cake. 3. Continue this process until you find out how much is left. The key is to multiply the fractions, simplifying (cancelling) as you go. Cheers,  


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