I tried to write a document having a dash after a quotation mark. However, pdflatex has problems to show the document correctly. It looks like the second quotation mark is missing and the second dash is too short and there is an extra hyphen.

a --- b --- "a" --- b

The following seems to work corretly but I'm not sure if it is a proper way to solve the problem:

a --- b --- "a"\,\! --- b
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    You should never use " for quotes. A double opening quote is ``, while a double closing quote is '' (two apostrophes).
    – egreg
    Jan 20, 2014 at 12:48
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    Like Danish, Finnish makes " active so it has a special meaning, kind of like an extra \. In Danish we can use it to type "- to get a hyphen that allows hyphenation in the compound word. I assume the Finnish setup is similar.
    – daleif
    Jan 20, 2014 at 13:06

1 Answer 1


Quotes should be produced with


or, as you use UTF-8


but never with the undirected quotes, particularly using babel, which makes " a shorthand prefix for Finnish. So you want either

a --- b --- ``a'' --- b


a --- b --- “a” --- b

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