Let's say that I have a plural noun that I am trying to make the possessive form of, for example, butchers'. Let's say that for some reason I need to enclose this word directly inside double-quotes, such as would be written as "butchers'" in ordinary text. Let's say that as a result of this, I end up with TeX code like:

We must take these ``butchers''' words at face value.

which then ends up rendering with the equivalent of:

We must take these "butchers"' words at face value.

Is there any way to indicate to TeX that the ''' should be grouped as one and then two, instead of two and then one? I have tried variants such as:

``butchers'\ ''




none of which worked.

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    butchers'{}'' – egreg Jul 25 '13 at 9:34
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    and also: butchers{'}'' – Jagath Jul 25 '13 at 9:43
  • Thanks. For some reason the linked-to one didn't come up in my search - I figured someone would have asked it before but I had a hell of a time finding it. – fluffy Jul 25 '13 at 20:43

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