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DateTime.Subtract Method (DateTime)

Subtracts the specified date and time from this instance.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
public TimeSpan Subtract(
	DateTime value
)

Parameters

value
Type: System.DateTime
The date and time to subtract.

Return Value

Type: System.TimeSpan
A time interval that is equal to the date and time represented by this instance minus the date and time represented by value.
ExceptionCondition
ArgumentOutOfRangeException

The result is less than DateTime.MinValue or greater than DateTime.MaxValue.

If the date and time of the current instance is earlier than value, the method returns a TimeSpan object that represents a negative time span. That is, the value of all of its non-zero properties (such as Days or Ticks) is negative.

The Subtract(DateTime) method does not consider the value of the Kind property of the two DateTime values when performing the subtraction. Before subtracting DateTime objects, ensure that the objects represent times in the same time zone. Otherwise, the result will include the difference between time zones.

NoteNote:

The DateTimeOffset.Subtract(DateTimeOffset) method does consider the difference between time zones when performing the subtraction.

The following example demonstrates the Subtract method and the subtraction operator.


System.DateTime date1 = new System.DateTime(1996, 6, 3, 22, 15, 0);
System.DateTime date2 = new System.DateTime(1996, 12, 6, 13, 2, 0);
System.DateTime date3 = new System.DateTime(1996, 10, 12, 8, 42, 0);

// diff1 gets 185 days, 14 hours, and 47 minutes.
System.TimeSpan diff1 = date2.Subtract(date1);

// date4 gets 4/9/1996 5:55:00 PM.
System.DateTime date4 = date3.Subtract(diff1);

// diff2 gets 55 days 4 hours and 20 minutes.
System.TimeSpan diff2 = date2 - date3;

// date5 gets 4/9/1996 5:55:00 PM.
System.DateTime date5 = date1 - diff2;


Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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