Steffan’s watch shows five minutes past nine. The watch is 12 minutes fast. What is the correct time?
We know from the question and the picture that the time is 9:05 or five minutes past nine. We also know that the watch is 12 minutes fast. So we need to subtract 12 minutes from 9:05.
We could start by subtracting five minutes which takes us to nine o’clock. Then, we need to subtract another seven minutes because seven and five is 12. So the correct time is 8:53, which we could also write as seven minutes to nine.
To find the answer, we had to subtract 12 minutes from the time shown, which was 9:05. So the correct time should be 8:53 or seven minutes to nine.