# Need help with error: ! LaTeX Error: Float(s) lost [closed]

I keep running to an error that relates to referring to one of the tables in my paper. Suppose I have the following figure at the bottom of the paper:

\begin{table}
\centering
\caption{This is the table that breaks...}
\begin{tabular}{\hsize}{@{\extracolsep{\fill}}cccc}
one & two & three \cr
\hline
1 & 5 & 9 \cr
2 & 6 & 10 \cr
3 & 7 & 11 \cr
4 & 8 & 12 \cr
\hline
\end{tabular}
\label{table:mybrokentable}
\end{table}


I refer to the table by including \ref{table:mybrokentable}. This worked fine for two references, but I was able to narrow down the error to the very last reference (the third) to this table. Any ideas what is happening?

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 Does this question help? 19 simple tables giving "TeX capacity exceeded" / "Too many unprocessed floats"? – lockstep Apr 26 '12 at 17:53 This input should not give that problem. Maybe it refers to something else, try to narrow the problem down to a minimal example. – egreg Apr 26 '12 at 17:57 The floats lost error is not generated by \ref it comes from the code that tries to position the float on the page. Can you make a complete but small example that generates the error: keep removing things until the error goes away and post the smallest document that shows the error. – David Carlisle Apr 26 '12 at 18:00 I could tell that the issue was not from \ref, but it was strange to me that commenting out a line that contains only \ref{table:mybrokentable} when there are other mybrokentable references would "fix" the issue. Anyway, I was able to get the paper to compile by including \clearpage after every figure. Not ideal, but I may do some further forensics and come up with a smaller example for you all if this becomes a problem later on. Thanks! – Jason Apr 26 '12 at 18:08 Ok, so I will close this question for now. Feel free to edit it if you like, it can be reopened. – Stefan Kottwitz♦ Apr 26 '12 at 18:27

## closed as too localized by Stefan Kottwitz♦Apr 26 '12 at 18:27

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