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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.

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    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
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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

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