I want to put 3 figures in one line and I adjust the horizontal position of figures using \hspace{}. The problem is that when I set the spacing to -16pt, i.e. \hspace{-16pt}, the figure does not move left. When I set the spacing to -17pt, \hspace{-17pt}, the figure moves to the left a lot. I tried spacing -15pt, -14pt, ..., -1pt, 0pt. The figure's position is the same as \hspace{-16pt}.

The example code is as follows:



Why does this happen? How to make appropriate adjustment? I do need the figure to move to the left a little bit, but not that much.

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    There are almost certainly good reasons for your problem, but without any actual code to test, it is hard to guess what you are doing 'wrong'. Please post a complete, but minimal(!) example (or see here).
    – jon
    Commented Apr 1, 2017 at 3:42
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    Note (for future reference): you are missing \documentclass, \begin{document}, and \end{document} (to make the example complete); and people don't have your 3 PDFs in your images/ directory, so the example can't be compiled (a good substitute is to load the package mwe and use, say, its example-image.png).
    – jon
    Commented Apr 1, 2017 at 4:13
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    Related: What is the difference between \hspace*{\fill} and \hfill?
    – Werner
    Commented Apr 1, 2017 at 4:30

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At the start of a line TeX ignores spaces. The star form is needed: \hspace*{-15pt}.

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