## 14.16 Internal Hom

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a category with finite nonempty products. Let $U$, $V$ be simplicial objects $\mathcal{C}$. In some cases the functor

is representable. In this case we denote $\mathop{\mathcal{H}\! \mathit{om}}\nolimits (V, U)$ the resulting simplicial object of $\mathcal{C}$, and we say that the *internal hom of $V$ into $U$ exists*. Moreover, in this case, given $X$ in $\mathcal{C}$, we would have

provided that $\mathop{\mathcal{H}\! \mathit{om}}\nolimits (\Delta [n] \times V, U)$ exists also. The first and last equalities follow from Lemma 14.13.4.

The lesson we learn from this is that, given $U$ and $V$, if we want to construct the internal hom then we should try to construct the objects

because these should be the $n$th term of $\mathop{\mathcal{H}\! \mathit{om}}\nolimits (V, U)$. In the next section we study a construction of simplicial objects “$\mathop{\mathrm{Hom}}\nolimits (\Delta [n], U)$”.

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