I apologize if this is a duplicate, I looked at a number of other questions regarding parentheses size but didn't find an answer to my problem.

I'm trying to stack two function symbols within parentheses.

Here is what I have:


$\LARGE(\mathrel{\substack{s\\ \\ f}})$


Which I would like to be rendered like this:

enter image description here

When I enter the MWE provided, though, it renders the parentheses a good bit smaller and much rounder than the image above (which was generated by entering $\LARGE(\mathrel{\substack{s\\ \\ f}})$ at http://www.codecogs.com/latex/eqneditor.php), with the result that both the "s" and "f" hang well above and below (respectively) the parentheses.

How can I get the MWE to match the image?


You can not use font size commands in math mode, your input produces

LaTeX Font Warning: Command \LARGE invalid in math mode on input line 5.

In general \left(...\right) makes stretchy delimiters however you are loading amsmath which defines a command for this notation:



  • Perfect, thanks! Will accept in 3 minutes. – Dennis Apr 9 '13 at 21:30
  • is the "empty" line in the middle relevant? \tbinom doesn't include that ... – barbara beeton Apr 9 '13 at 22:02
  • @barbarabeeton Nah, not really. That was just an artifact of my first attempt at getting it to look right (probably unnecessary even there; in fact, that was probably part of the problem). \tbinom is delivering the desired result. – Dennis Apr 9 '13 at 22:05

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