I would like to show both super and subscript together some text.

I tried this sometext\textsuperscript{1}\textsubscript{2}

But 2 does not show up right below 1.

Thanks for your help. Also how can I show 1 & 2 in front of sometext as well.

regards Aku

I tried some both the answers posted below and here is the attachment. I was trying to put 2 digit number 16 and 32 in superscript and subscript. alt text

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  • then you didn't put it into braces: ^{16}_{32}. That was the behaviour Alan already pointed out. – user2478 Jan 4 '11 at 19:51
  • This is also an argument in favour of never leaving the braces off after ^ and _ in answering these types of questions. :-) – Alan Munn Jan 4 '11 at 21:38

without using directly math and with colors:


sometext\SPSB{1}{2} more text

sometext\SP{1} more\SB{2} text\SP{1}


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  • Why it is reducing the text size of "sometex" & "more text" to scriptsize. It should be in the normal size and only sub-superscript should reduce in size – Aku Jan 4 '11 at 20:31
  • @Aku: I cannot see it. Give an example. – user2478 Jan 4 '11 at 20:41
  • sorry, it was the document view, because of which I thought it coming as scriptsize. It works just fine – Aku Jan 4 '11 at 22:53
  • The coloring unnecessarily complicates this answer. \rlap is all you need. – Hayze Aug 3 '20 at 16:06

use it in math mode, digits are always set in upright mode.


sometext$^1_2$ \qquad$^1_2$sometext


Math mode:


or (with amsmath):

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    Remember that if you need non-numeric sub- and superscripts, you'll need to enclose them in text{} (from amsmath). e.g. sometext$^{\text{super}}_{\text{sub}}$ otherwise the text won't come out correctly. – Alan Munn Jan 4 '11 at 17:51
  • That's right. But it's not clear whether sometext\textsuperscript{1}\textsubscript{2} should be in text mode. Afterall, numbers are always typeset in the same typeface by default. – Leo Liu Jan 6 '11 at 4:59

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