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I realised that a bunch of LaTeX symbols actually cannot be used in stackexchange, for example

$$\right)$$ gives me nothing...

Is there a way around this?

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Pair it with a left parenthesis? :-P

$$\left( stuff \right)$$

While this particular piece of LaTeX syntax is supported if you use it correctly, there are many others that are not. The system this site uses for typesetting math is MathJaX, which implements a set of commands that correspond to a subset of LaTeX syntax. You can see which commands are supported in the MathJaX documentation. As a general rule, if you try to do anything especially tricky that would work in LaTeX, don't count on it working in MathJaX, but the simple stuff should be fine.

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