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I have a paragraph as follows:

``This is a quote. `Here is a quote within a quote.'''

But the formatting works out to be a double quote (") followed by a single quote (') instead of the other way around. How can I solve this problem?

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up vote 21 down vote accepted

You have the following options:

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Outer double, inner single: ``\thinspace`\ \ldots\ '\thinspace'' \par
Outer single, inner double: `\thinspace``\ \ldots\ ''\thinspace'

The TeX Book mentions (Chapter 2: Book Printing versus Ordinary Typing, p 5): "There's usually less space preceding a single left quote than there is preceding a double left quote. (Left and right are opposites.)"

So, in your instance,

``This is a quote. `Here is a quote within a quote.'\thinspace''

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Would ``{}`Foo'{}'' be an option as well? It's kinda hard to tell, but the spaces do differ a bit between the "black marks" in the output. Considering you're quoting Knuth's recommendation, it doesn't seem to be what was intended by the inventor. – doncherry Sep 25 '12 at 4:48
@doncherry: To me the distinction is too minimal. However, I can see that it could be a user-preference as well. – Werner Sep 25 '12 at 5:22

The csquotes package might be helpful.

For nested quotings just nest \enquote{} like this:


\enquote{outer and \enquote{inner}}

nested enquotes (en)

It is also very useful for non-english quotation marks:


\enquote{außen und \enquote{innen}}

nested enquotes (de)

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+1, but German punctuation would prescribe \enquote{innen}.}, perhaps even \enquote{innen}}.. (On a side note: Why not use the minimal class) – doncherry Sep 26 '12 at 18:37
@doncherry Thank you for your hints: I edited my answer accordingly. – fheub Sep 27 '12 at 15:13
Thank you for your hints: I edited my answer accordingly but not the result image, which confused me for a moment :-) – Daniel Nov 15 '12 at 14:41
``` '''     % misinterpretation by (La)TeX
``{}` '{}'' % good interpretation (but bad spaces) 
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