What is the difference between `\big[`

(or equivalently `\big(`

) and `\bigl[`

? Is it always necessary to mention `l`

(left) and `r`

(right)?

# [Tex/LaTex] Difference between \big[ and \bigl[

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# [Tex/LaTex] Difference between \big[ and \bigl[

bracketsdelimitersmath-mode

`\big[`

(or equivalently `\big(`

) and `\bigl[`

? Is it always necessary to mention `l`

(left) and `r`

(right)?

## Best Answer

`\bigl`

declares an opening math delimiter with less horizontal spacing than the unspecified`\big`

.`\bigr`

defines a closing math delimiter. Using a`\bigl`

and`\bigr`

pair you could get the brackets or parentheses closer to the term within.Just compare:

Output:

The definitions in latex.ltx are: