The error mentioned above is preventing me from compiling my code. Here's what I think is the related code:


    \item[\textbf{5.9}]``To every pair $A, B$  of vector spaces one can assign the vector space $Hom(A,B)$ consisting for all homomorphisms from $A$ to $B$. If $f: A_1 \rightarrow A_2$ and $g: B_1 \rightarrow B_2$ are morphisms in $\mathbf{Vec_{\mathbb{R}}$, then the vector space homomorphism $Hom(f,g): Hom(A_2, B_1) \rightarrow Hom(A_1, B_2)$ is given by $\phi \mapsto g \circ \phi \circ f$." \vspace{11pt}\\


Any help would be appreciated. I tried moving the code to a different .tex file but the same error occurred, so I don't think the error is specific to the file.

closed as off-topic by diabonas, Kurt, koleygr, Troy, Zarko Oct 15 '17 at 2:42

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    Welcome to TeX.SE! Please make your code snippet compilable ... – Kurt Oct 14 '17 at 22:04
  • That's still not a full document, which would begin with \documentclass{...}, include the necessary packages and have a \begin{document} ... \end{document} environment... Anyway, there is a closing brace missing in $\mathbf{Vec_{\mathbb{R}}$, which is probably the source of the error. – diabonas Oct 14 '17 at 22:15
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about a trivial syntax mistake that was solved in the comments. – diabonas Oct 14 '17 at 22:19
  • @diabonas yes sorry I'd answered while you were commenting:-) But to make an answer more or less worth while I expanded it to show how to read the error message to locate the error. But if people vote to close that's OK too:-) – David Carlisle Oct 14 '17 at 22:23
  • @DavidCarlisle No problem, +1 to your answer, just wanting to make sure the question gets off the unanswered list ;) – diabonas Oct 14 '17 at 22:26

is missing a }

Note the full error message which you did not show highlights the mis-matched brace:

Runaway argument?
{Vec_{\mathbb {R}}$, then the vector space homomorphism $Hom(f,g): Ho\ETC.
! File ended while scanning use of \math@egroup.
<inserted text> 
<*> pp565


The runaway argument messages shows you that the brace { before Vec doesn't have a matching } and tex ran off the end of the file looking for it.

unrelated but Vec and Hom will be typeset in math italic designed to make them look like V * e * c not as a word. use


then use \Vec to get much better spacing.

  • Wow, there are LOTS of "File ended while scanning…" questions here! If only we could re-write this error message :) – Will Robertson Oct 15 '17 at 1:10

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