Is there a difference between `\dots`

and `\ldots`

, the ellipsis?

If yes: Which? When to use `\dots`

and when to use `\ldots`

?

If no: Why are there both at all?

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# [Tex/LaTex] the difference between \dots and \ldots

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Is there a difference between `\dots`

and `\ldots`

, the ellipsis?

If yes: Which? When to use `\dots`

and when to use `\ldots`

?

If no: Why are there both at all?

## Best Answer

in

`latex.ltx`

,`\ldots`

is equated (`\let`

) to`\dots`

. so in text, it's the same, and you can use either.with

`amsmath`

, the situation is more complicated;`\dots`

tries to determine by context (only in math mode) whether to use`\ldots`

or`\cdots`

, with several more options for the author if`amsmath`

doesn't get it right.so in general, it's easier to just use

`\dots`

and not have to remember the details. but if the alternative chosen by`amsmath`

isn't appropriate, the original commands can still be used explicitly.