Is it possible to write the '%' symbol in text in LaTeX? [duplicate]

I'm a beginner trying to use LaTeX. I tried to write a sentence which includes the %-symbol using \text{}, but the function that the %-symbol has in LaTeX seems to block me from using it in a normal text sentence.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\begin{document}
\maketitle

\text{I can't use the %-symbol}
\end{document}

• Welcome to TeX.SX! You have to type \% (backslash percent) to get a percent sign. – gernot Nov 14 '16 at 23:14
• See also Escape character in LaTeX. – gernot Nov 14 '16 at 23:28
• @Werner, are you sure this is a duplicate of the link of you've posted? It seems to me that is not the case. This post asks about typing special characters of Latex within a text. – CroCo Nov 14 '16 at 23:31
• There is no need for \text{}. You are already in the text mode. – CroCo Nov 14 '16 at 23:33
• @CroCo: Yes. I can find it on Detexify and it is listed in Table 1 of The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List. And the use-case would be no different if you didn't use \text. – Werner Nov 15 '16 at 1:01

Very simple, use \ before the %:
\text{I can't use the \%-symbol}