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{brackets} is about different brackets, their usage and functionality in (La)TeX.

is about different brackets, their usage and functionality in (La)TeX. The word “bracket” means different things depending on your dialect of English, including

  • (also brackets or round brackets) (),
  • (also curly brackets) {}, which are obtained in TeX by typing \{ or \},
  • square brackets [], and
  • angle brackets ⟨⟩, obtained by typing \langle \rangle.

See also .

For larger brackets in math mode, you can use \left and \right to scale with the math inside them, e.g. \left( \frac{x}{2} \right) or \left\{x > \frac{1}{2} \right\}. You can also manually set the size with \big, \bigg, \Big, and \Bigg.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can I write a piecewise function with a bracket (brace) on the left?
  2. How can I get an enumerated list with square brackets?
  3. How can I typeset square brackets in mathmode without using [ and ]?
  4. How can I add a large brace next to a body of text?
  5. What's the best practice on using ( vs. \left( in general?
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