# [Tugindia] Difference between these commands

Mon May 4 13:36:41 CEST 2009

On Sun, May 3, 2009 at 8:58 PM, Kalidoss Murugesan
<kalidoss.murugesan at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear TUGindia,
>
> What is the difference between the following commands?
>
> 2.           \hspace*                    and            \hskip

The first question has been explained before.

Regarding the second, \hskip is a primitive and \hspace is a LaTeX
macro. The starred version, \hspace* helps to insert horizontal skip
at the beginning of a line which is not possible with \hskip<dimen>.
TeX will gobble up the horizontal skip in the beginning of the line.

Hope this helps.

Best
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