I am aware this question has been asked several times before but I am still yet to find a answer that seems to work for me.

I have used csquotes package to try and get proper quote marks but I do not end up with proper quote marks and they are still the wrong way round. Using ` also does not work.

It must be something in my package class which is stopping it from working. I am using a Doctoral Thesis LaTeX class which I am aware is hand coded but does anyone know what other packages might be preventing me from obtaining proper quote marks?

This is what I keep getting:

This is what I keep getting

But the front quote mark is still backwards. I've tried so many things and nothing seems to work which makes me think some other package is preventing it.

Any ideas?!

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    Please tell us which font family is loaded by your document. A Palatino clone, by any chance? Please also tell us which language-related options you employ, both for the document as a whole and in conjunction with the csquotes package.
    – Mico
    Commented Nov 10, 2019 at 18:46
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    The quote looks okay for english and palatino. I get this too, seems to be the font design. Commented Nov 10, 2019 at 18:52
  • A separate observation: There are several "Doctoral Thesis" LaTeX document classes out there, in the wild. Which one of these might you be using? Is the class file online somewhere?
    – Mico
    Commented Nov 10, 2019 at 18:55
  • Ah yes sorry I'm poor at writing these questions! I'm using \usepackage[autostyle=true]{csquotes} and I use British with babel package. And yes Palatino! I use mathpazo package. I also use inputenc for international characters and fontec too. Base class is book. Does that help?
    – Olivia
    Commented Nov 10, 2019 at 18:57
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    The quotes are the expected shape. Can you give a link or a reference to what you expect to see? Commented Nov 10, 2019 at 19:19

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The quotes of the font looks like this. That's the font design.


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