Let's say I want to write N^{eT}, but have N^e as a predefined command \Ne. Thus, I want to append the character T to the superscript of \Ne. Is this possible?

(Note that I don't want to write {\Ne}^T, since that will result in the T being one level above the e. This was adressed in Trick LaTeX into doing double superscripts by the way)

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    It may help to explain how you intend to use the macro. Something along the lines of \def\Ne#1{$N^{e#1}$} is acceptable in your case? (usage: \Ne T) – guillem Apr 19 '12 at 14:46
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    What about using $\Ne{}^T$ (maybe putting it into a box to prevent a break between e and T)? – Stephen Apr 19 '12 at 18:08
  • Haha, I actually didn't know that was possible, Stephen. Thanks! – andreasdr Apr 19 '12 at 19:54
  • Similar question has been answered some time ago: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/33261/… – amorua Apr 19 '12 at 20:45

Or what about an empty optional argument?


Which you can use

$\Ne$ or $\Ne[T]$
  • Accepted for conciseness. Thanks to all responders! – andreasdr Apr 19 '12 at 15:18
  • By the way, what does the asterisk after "\newcommand" do? – andreasdr Apr 19 '12 at 15:45
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    @andreasdr: The starred variant of \newcommand removes the capability to include lengthy arguments (like paragraphs). Surely, since your superscripts will only contain characters (not paragraphs), using \newcommand* is appropriate. – Werner Apr 19 '12 at 16:12
  • @andreasdr: A more detailed explanation of \newcommand* can be found at tex.stackexchange.com/questions/1050/… – Jake Apr 24 '12 at 10:40

Here is a "clever hack" inspired by (read: shamelessly copied from) the definition of math prime:



\Ne^T \Ne^T_5

You can do \Ne^{}_{} but not \Ne_{}^{}, otherwise the positioning is exactly as N^{}_{}


I would define \Ne in the following way:


This ensures that any following superscripts start at the same height as regular superscripts to N, but also trick TeX in thinking that it's not doubling a superscript:

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\Ne\ $\Ne^T$\ $N^{eT}$

Note that this will not work properly for subscripts, since the placement will be off. It would require more effort to make that work.

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