I have


but the line "-" is shown too long:

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I would like to have shorter line.

How can you have a shorter line there in the math-mode?

  • 1
    Is it not a minus sign? Load amsmath and use $A\text{ - }V$
    – user11232
    Nov 3 '15 at 23:07
  • 2
    $A{-}V$ will reduce the spacing, while $A\mbox{-}V$ will change the font and therefore not set - as a minus.
    – Werner
    Nov 3 '15 at 23:10
  • Do you want \textit{A-V}?
    – Sigur
    Nov 3 '15 at 23:13
  • 1
    $A$\nobreakdash-$V$ (requires amsmath). Or $A\text{-}V$, but it's wrong to begin with.
    – egreg
    Nov 3 '15 at 23:14
  • Related: Hyphens in mathmode Nov 11 '15 at 2:50

A hyphen in math mode is interpreted as a minus sign. If you mean to have a variable named A-V in math mode, with a hyphen in between, you need to define a “math hyphen” or resort to $A\text{-}V$.

For defining a math hyphen you can do


Full example:




$A\mh V$



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The first option, with \mh (or the name you prefer), is better.

Of course, if this is not a variable, but you're referring to two variables in some text, the correct input would be


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