It may look like a minor difference, but I'm trying to put quotation marks between single quotes, e.g.

‘“go away” he said’

but ''' results in

“‘go away” he said’

which is not what I want...

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    Add an empty group `{}`` Jun 20, 2013 at 6:42
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    Or better use the csquotes package and its command \enquote which nests correctly. Jun 20, 2013 at 6:48
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    Related: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/73986/… Jun 20, 2013 at 7:11
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    @AndrewSwann: csquotes does not support it out if the box, because what he wants to do gives an unbalanced combination of \enquote and \enquote*
    – Rico
    Jun 20, 2013 at 7:27

2 Answers 2


Explaining comment by @Andrew Swann

The package csquotes can help dealing with nested quotes and quoting styles in different languages.

For example:





In English: \enquote{\enquote{Go away}, he said.}

На русском: \enquote{\enquote{Пошёл прочь!} --- сказал он}


This gets you following document:


Notice that Russian and English text has the same markup, but different presentation.

  • never the less its not what the Question Starter wanted. We would like to achieve those quotes like this SINGLE DOUBLE DOUBLE SINGLE. What you did gives him the normal DOUBLE SINGLE SINGLE DOUBLE.
    – Rico
    Jun 20, 2013 at 9:34
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    Changing english=american to english=british does the right thing. Fixed it in the answer.
    – eiennohito
    Jun 20, 2013 at 9:39
  • right this fixes the problem got my +1
    – Rico
    Jun 20, 2013 at 9:56

The simplest way is to add a pair of curly braces between the first and second backtick, which tells LaTeX to split them as a single, followed by a double. That is, write

`{}``Go away'', he said'

as opposed to

```Go away'', he said'

You get the following result:

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