I want to input a string "a" in a LaTeX document using German (\documentclass[ngerman]{article}), but I do not want "a to be turned into ä; what can I do? (I know \verb works; are there any other solutions?) Thanks!

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\dq a should work. Note also that proper quotation marks would be

"`like this"'

i.e. "quotation backtick" and "quotation apostrophe". (Also see the csquotes package.)


Assuming that you really want the "straight" double quote: The correct command is \textquotedbl but \string" works too and is shorter:



\textquotedbl a\textquotedbl

other answers are appropriate if this is ordinary text. but if you want, for example, to indicate how to type something, you may want to use "typewriter" style, so


should give you a suitable result.

  1. Maybe it's a good thing if you improve your knowledge about quotation, but
  2. for the moment simply write "{}a{}"
  • 1
    You assume that they want to quote something which is not stated in the question. Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 9:07
  • I'm coming to the party pretty late, but regarding point 1, it might have been nice to include a link to the documentation.
    – hlongmore
    Commented Jan 31, 2021 at 10:10

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