One card is selected at random from a standard 52-card deck of playing cards. What is the probability that the card selected is not a spade?

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In a standard 52-card deck, there are 4 Aces. We can figure out the probability of drawing a card that isn't a spade in two ways:


There are four 2s, four 3s,... all the way up to 4 Kings (12 ordinal cards in all, with each ordinal having four suits), and so we can say:

#"the sum of 12 ordinal cards with 4 suits to each ordinal"/"all possible cards"#

which works out to be



We can also do this by saying that there are 4 cards we don't want from a collection of 52, and so: