As part of writing up notes I need to write something containing subscript and two "hats", however having a look online i can find only people doing it by manually positioning them which is a little beyond me given I've been using latex for 4 days.

What I am trying to write is something I thought would be achieved with:

\dot{\tilde c_{21}}

However when outputting this becomes garbled. Any thoughts?

  • welcome to tex.sx. although your question is reasonably clear, it would be much easier for us to help if you provide a small compilable example that shows what you have done. potential helpers can cut and paste that example and use it to experiment. – barbara beeton Feb 25 '17 at 19:51
  • I tried to with \begin{equation} \dot{\tilde c_{21}} \end{equation} but i'll write something a bit clearer – Tom Heal Feb 25 '17 at 19:53
  • please start your example with \documentclass and end with \end{document}. (that's what i meant by "compilable".) – barbara beeton Feb 25 '17 at 19:55

Instead of \dot{\tilde c_{21}}, you should write


That way, you inform TeX that the dot and tilde diacritics are supposed to be applied to c, and not to c_{21}.

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$\dot{\tilde{c}}_{21} \quad \dot{\tilde c_{21}}$
  • Sweet, thank you. I wouldn't have thought it would be a problem to apply it to the whole thing but i guess that's just beginner ignorance aha – Tom Heal Feb 25 '17 at 20:00
  • To the downvoter: Please enlighten me as to what's objectionable about this answer. – Mico Feb 27 '17 at 18:11

Your command nesting was a bid odd (if you really want that it could be arranged but might need some manual adjustment of the accent positions) but the two normal arrangements work fine

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\dot{\tilde{{c_{21}}}} +  \dot{\tilde{c}}_{21}

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