I searched many times but could get a simple way to get my desired output. The problem is this: In creating ListPlot, and using ```LegendLable`` like

LegendLabel -> Placed[Subscript[x, y] "for a=", Above]

why I am getting the output as "for a= Subscript[x, y]" and not "Subscript[x, y] for a= ". What could be a simple solution for it? I tried "ToString" also like

Placed[Subscript[x, y]<>ToString[ "for a="], Above]

But no success.

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    $\begingroup$ Placed[ToString[Subscript[x, y] // TraditionalForm ] <> ToString["for a="], Above]? $\endgroup$
    – cvgmt
    Commented Oct 24, 2022 at 15:42
  • $\begingroup$ LegendLabel -> Placed[StringForm["`` for a=", Subscript[x, y]], Above] $\endgroup$
    – Bob Hanlon
    Commented Oct 24, 2022 at 23:29
  • $\begingroup$ Many thanks, @cvgmt. It solved the issue. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 18:16
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, @BobHanlon. It also worked. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 18:16

1 Answer 1


Let's look at the inner expression:

Subscript[x, y] "for a="

Mathematica is going to interpret this as multiplication (the expression is syntactically incorrect as it stands, so Mathematica will default to considering juxtaposed expressions as representing a multiplication):

Subscript[x, y] "for a=" // FullForm
(* Times["for a=", Subscript[x, y]] *)

Mathematica has specific rules for how to normalize arithmetic expressions (i.e. how to order the arguments). What you want to do is choose a construct for placing expressions into a particular arrangement. There are many of these, but maybe the one you want is Row:

Row[{Subscript[x, y], "for a="}, " "]

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