I have a word combination like this metallo-porphyrins and -phthalocyanines which eventually gives a linebreak between the hyphen and the word phthalocyanines. I tried to include the ngerman package as described here. This works fine but messes up the quotes used in the text elsewhere (I used so far "word"). I know I could use ''word`` instead for having english quotes. However the suspended hyphen appears once in the text and the quotes several times in the document (several files). I would therefore prefere to use a different solution for the hyphen. If this is not possible and I have to change the quotes, then I still get the ugly bookmarks and would need an alternative to this solution.

  • \mbox{-} should remove the breakpoint Nov 6, 2013 at 9:28
  • This works. I see I should probably anyway change the quotes to ``word'' as the output with "word" is not looking nice (I have apparently overseen this before)
    – Tanja
    Nov 6, 2013 at 9:56
  • Setting \exhyphenpenalty=10000 removes (globally) beak-points at such explicit hyphens.
    – wipet
    Mar 20, 2015 at 20:34

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\mbox{-} should remove the breakpoint.

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