I want to have written words in a fraction but to have them in correct fraction form and not crude-looking. So, I have;

$\displaystyle\frac{Actual Value of Production}{Demand}$ x $100$ 

But it makes the text appear in math-mode so all italics with no spaces and looks awful. If I remove the $ it just won't appear.

Any help?


3 Answers 3


another possibility, requiring amsmath is this:

 \frac{\text{Actual Value of Production}}{\text{Demand}} \times 100

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since it's unlikely to be embedded in text, using "display" coding is preferable to the inline $...$ input.

warning: \text will follow the style of the surrounding text, so if this is included within the statement of a theorem, it will be set in italic. in such a situation, it's better to use \textrm.


If you're going to be writing a lot of fractions this way, you should define your own macro:


Then you can just write $\textfrac{Top}{Bottom}$ and it will print the words in the current text style.


Try this:

$\displaystyle\frac{\mbox{Actual Value of Production}}{\mbox{Demand}}$ x $100$
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    I'll also change the "x" by \times, something like this: $\displaystyle\frac{\mbox{Actual Value of Production}}{\mbox{Demand}} \times 100$ If the answer is correct, please mark it as correct
    – Nico
    Apr 3, 2013 at 13:07
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    \text is actually preferred to \mbox, since it is more conscientious in preserving font styles.
    – Ryan Reich
    Apr 3, 2013 at 19:14
  • Also, for short inline formulas, one can use the more convenient command \dfrac{}{}, also from amsmath, instead of \displaystyle\frac{}(}. Jan 24, 2014 at 15:56

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