Is there a way to only have an underbrace for part of an expression? I want to only have the brace below the 0's but if I move the 5 out of the \underbrace then a gap between the 5 and the 0 appears.

Picture of what I have right now

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    – Mico
    Feb 16 at 20:55

To achieve your typesetting objective, all you need to do is enclose the entire \underbrace{...}_{...} expression in an extra pair of curly braces.

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5{\underbrace{00\dots0}_{\text{$n$ $0$'s}}}^3 \quad\text{vs.}\quad
 5\underbrace{00\dots0}_{\text{$n$ $0$'s}}{}^3

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