I'm receiving the following error

Command \" invalid in math mode on input line 60. 

where my input lines 58-61 are

\Delta x=x_{efter}-x_{före}

The problem doesn't to be the \Delta. The problem seem to come from x_{efter}-x_{före}. I have tried to use $....$ but it doesn't work. I'm new to LaTeX but I think I have imported the correct packages.

  • 1
    Could it be the character ö that is unrecognized ?
    – Claudio
    Nov 11, 2013 at 16:32

1 Answer 1


The ligature ö consists of \"{o}, which can happen in text but not math mode. Here's how it should be used:

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\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}% http://ctan.org/pkg/inputenc
\usepackage{amsmath}% http://ctan.org/pkg/amsmath
  \Delta x = x_\text{efter} - x_\text{före} \label{eq:difference}

amsmath provides \text{<stuff>} which prints <stuff> in text mode. inputenc allows you to specify ligature as-is in your code.

As a side-note, it's best to label things with descriptive names.

  • I already had the correct packages so the only thing I changed was \text{före} instead of x_{före}. Thanks for the help!
    – user2979859
    Nov 13, 2013 at 10:47
  • @Christoph the comment was aimed at \label{1} in the question Feb 2, 2016 at 15:57

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