# Using “moderncv” package, the \cvitemwithcomment command gives error

I'm trying to create my personal CV using moderncv package but I'm getting an error: in language skills section I'd like to insert a table resuming my skills using the code as follows

\section{Languages}
\cvitemwithcomment{Italian}{Mother tongue}{}
\cvitemwithcomment{English}{\begin{table}
\centering
\begin{tabular}{|c|c|c|c|c|}
\hline
\multicolumn{2}{|c|}{Understanding} & \multicolumn{2}{c|}{Speaking}          & Writing \\ \hline
Listening         & Reading        & Spoken interaction & Spoken production & -       \\ \hline
C1                & C1              & C1                 & B2                & B2      \\ \hline
\end{tabular}
\end{table}}{}
\cvitemwithcomment{Spanish}{\begin{table}
\centering
\begin{tabular}{|c|c|c|c|c|}
\hline
\multicolumn{2}{|c|}{Understanding} & \multicolumn{2}{c|}{Speaking}          & Writing \\ \hline
Listening         & Reading        & Spoken interaction & Spoken production & -       \\ \hline
B2                & B2              & B1                 & B1                & B1      \\ \hline
\end{tabular}
\end{table}}{}


However, while compiling I get these repeated errors:

Environment table undefined. \end{table}}{}
\begin{document} ended by \end{table}. \end{table}}{}
\begin{minipage} on input line 131 ended by \end{table}. \end{table}}{}


and compilation is blocked. Could someone give me some hint to solve this problem?

• me too! the moderncv class should inherit the \ecvlanguage{} command from the europecv2013 class – Alessandro Cuttin Nov 29 '16 at 15:40

Don't use float environments, such as table or figure, in moderncv; since it makes no sense to have floating objects in a CV, they are not implemented by the class: notice also that the length \tabcolsep is not set by the class, so it has 0pt as value; you need to change it using something like

\setlength\tabcolsep{6pt}


otherwise, there will be no separation between columns in tabular material. Your code with those recommendations:

\documentclass{moderncv}
\moderncvtheme{classic}

\firstname{John}
\lastname{Doe}

\setlength\tabcolsep{6pt}

\begin{document}

\makecvtitle

\section{Languages}
aaaa
\cvitemwithcomment{Italian}{Mother tongue}{}
\cvitemwithcomment{English}{%
\centering
\begin{tabular}{|c|c|c|c|c|}
\hline
\multicolumn{2}{|c|}{Understanding} & \multicolumn{2}{c|}{Speaking}          & Writing \\ \hline
Listening         & Reading        & Spoken interaction & Spoken production & -       \\ \hline
C1                & C1              & C1                 & B2                & B2      \\ \hline
\end{tabular}%
}{}
\cvitemwithcomment{Spanish}{%
\centering
\begin{tabular}{|c|c|c|c|c|}
\hline
\multicolumn{2}{|c|}{Understanding} & \multicolumn{2}{c|}{Speaking}          & Writing \\ \hline
Listening         & Reading        & Spoken interaction & Spoken production & -       \\ \hline
B2                & B2              & B1                 & B1                & B1      \\ \hline
\end{tabular}%
}{}

\end{document}


As a side note, your tables have too many lines. Here I changed the tables slightly and used the features provided by the booktabs package:

\documentclass{moderncv}
\moderncvtheme{classic}
\usepackage{booktabs}

\firstname{John}
\lastname{Doe}

\setlength\tabcolsep{6pt}

\begin{document}

\makecvtitle

\section{Languages}
\cvitemwithcomment{Italian}{Mother tongue}{}
\cvitemwithcomment{English}{%
\centering
\begin{tabular}{*{5}{c}}
\toprule
\multicolumn{2}{c}{Understanding} & \multicolumn{2}{c}{Speaking}          & Writing \\ \midrule
& & Spoken & Spoken & \\
Listening         & Reading        &  interaction &  production & -       \\             C1                & C1              & C1                 & B2                & B2      \\ \bottomrule
\end{tabular}%
}{}
\cvitemwithcomment{Spanish}{%
\centering
\begin{tabular}{*{5}{c}}
\toprule
\multicolumn{2}{c}{Understanding} & \multicolumn{2}{c}{Speaking}          & Writing \\ \midrule
& & Spoken & Spoken & \\
Listening         & Reading        & interaction & production & -       \\ \hline
B2                & B2              & B1                 & B1                & B1      \\ \bottomrule
\end{tabular}%
}{}

\end{document}


• Very nice help Gonzalo! My knowledge of table enviroment didn't help me. The way you showed me looks as I wanted. Muchas gracias! PS: Is there a way to also centering the elements inside each cell of the table? – Doc Jul 13 '15 at 17:10
• @Doc You're welcome! ¡De nada! I am afraid don't inderstand your question, the entries of each cell are already centered. Could you please explain in more detail what are you trying to do? – Gonzalo Medina Jul 13 '15 at 17:19
• I'm sorry. You are right. The entries are centered as you said; my tex compiler just resized the pdf and so the table looked compressed and without centered elements! Thank you again! – Doc Jul 13 '15 at 17:24