Is there a consensus on which approach is better:

text ($like this$) more text


text $(like this)$ more text

if the content is not anything special, i.e. does not require \left(\right)?


  • 5
    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
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

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.