# Put braces in in-line math outside or inside of math-mode $? Is there a consensus on which approach is better: text ($like this$) more text  or text$(like this)$more text  if the content is not anything special, i.e. does not require \left(\right)? Thanks. • It's easy: if the parentheses are part of the formula, they go inside, otherwise outside. By the way, \left and \right are never required. They can be used. – egreg Jul 12 '18 at 17:00 ## 1 Answer If the widget ($\chi^2$) is foobar then the vector$(a,b,c)\$ is zzzzz.


The first pair of brackets is part of the text sentence structure and the second is part of the mathematics.

• This is a good and straight-forward approach that is also independent of LaTeX, as @egreg already explained. I was making it too complicated. Thanks. – Hans Lollo Jul 12 '18 at 19:20