I want to write «nPr» in org mode

Now org mode doesn't treat "^" as a superscripting operator if its preceded by a space char. The best I could come up with was


where there is a zero width space between the n and the P.

This is quite clunky. Is there any better way?

  • I don't know of a better way.
    – NickD
    Sep 15, 2021 at 15:27

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Well for now ${}^nP_r$ works... sorta kinda...

The space between the "n" and the "P" is too much

So I am doing ${}^n\!P_r$

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    You can shave off a few characters with: ${^n}P_r$. For such formulas exported to PDF, org passes the code to LaTeX for processing. So searching for how to do this thing in LaTeX might get you better/faster answers.
    – Tyler
    Oct 18, 2021 at 13:40

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