I want to write this

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But it becomes to this in the resulting PDF file

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How can i prevent LaTex from converting the apostrophe combination to this weird character?

  • Add a space inbetween: " e.
    – Johannes_B
    Commented Mar 27, 2016 at 15:18
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    Never use " for quotes, but always double back quote and ''
    – egreg
    Commented Mar 27, 2016 at 15:19
  • @Johannes_B Didn't help, the result is the same as before Commented Mar 27, 2016 at 15:19
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    Even better would be the use of package csquotes: \enquote{MARA}.
    – Johannes_B
    Commented Mar 27, 2016 at 15:21
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1 Answer 1


Never use " for quotes. In particular, if you use babel-german, where " is a shorthand character.



``DAMN'' ebenfalls

,,Damn`` ebenfalls

"`Damn"' ebenfalls

"<Damn"> ebenfalls


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