I have a problem with the appearance of a fraction which has in its numerator another fraction. It is not very beautiful as the second fraction is small, even though I use \displaystyle. How can I have both fraction as big as they should be? And why this is happening even though I use \displaystyle?


The code I use is like this:

$\displaystyle \frac{\frac{a}{b}-c}{d}$
  • use \cfrac—it's meant for continued fractions and will keep the size sane. (for this though (only two levels deep), i'd recommend-ish against it. there are generally reasons these decisions were made.) Mar 16, 2014 at 19:47
  • I guess \frac sets \textstyle for its contents. Mar 16, 2014 at 19:50
  • Thanks but if I want for example to have 3 or 4 fractions the one in the other's numenator what should I do?
    – Adam
    Mar 16, 2014 at 19:50
  • where is \fraction defined? (it isn't defined in any packages I know) Please always provide a complete document that shows the problem, that way it is obvious what packages are being used. Mar 16, 2014 at 20:16
  • Sorry I meant \frac{}{}!
    – Adam
    Mar 16, 2014 at 20:17

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$\displaystyle \cfrac{\cfrac{a}{b}-c}{d}$

should sort you out. The cfrac macro (from the amsmath package) is for continued fractions.

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    Use \dfrac, not \cfrac.
    – egreg
    Mar 16, 2014 at 20:44
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    @egreg Considered that, but wouldn't that tend to look strange with 3–4–5-level deep fractions? Does \cfrac do things that are specific to continued fractions and aren't applicable to other things? (thumbs through amsmath docs…) Mar 16, 2014 at 20:49

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