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I'm writing a scientific text and need to use β as a character. However when I use \beta it changes the formatting of the rest of the paragraph to italics and removes spaces. Is there a way to stop this from happening?

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    Welcome! Instead of \beta and ignoring errors use $\beta$. Mathematical characters want to be typeset in math mode, and $ switches back and forth between text and math mode (but $$ does something else and should not be used in LaTeX documents).
    – user194703
    Jan 4, 2020 at 20:28
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    If you don't need \beta as a math mode variable but as a normal character in text, then you should use \usepackage{textgreek} and then \textbeta (or another approach to get Greek letters as characters).
    – Skillmon
    Jan 4, 2020 at 20:35

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