is there a way to remove the space between the variable and the lowercase letter as standard in math environment?

by now i'm using this:

a\;b_{\! c}\;d

Without \! the space looks to big. Now i thought, if it is possible to set this by default in the math environment.

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  • The spacing without the \! seems correct for the product. If you are looking for more of a row vector, see if \begin{matrix} a & b_{c} & d \end{matrix} is more to your liking. Jan 19, 2013 at 9:52
  • no no, its for normal equations
    – Los WochoS
    Jan 21, 2013 at 9:24

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Please remember that (La)TeX was designed carefully by people who know much, much more than we'll ever learn about typesetting. Changing such rather common constructions is ill-advised. Maybe in some specific case the default isn't ideal.

  • I agree with this answer - I've worked in mathematics and physics for a long time, and the standard spacing is the norm. You might also like to read the comments on a similar question here Jan 19, 2013 at 1:31
  • generally i'm not trying to change the common constructions, but in my case i thought it was looking better. i will use the standard spacing then. thanks for the answers
    – Los WochoS
    Jan 21, 2013 at 9:28

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