I am trying to put quote marks around a word, and have been doing it ' 'word", however I am still getting two backwards quote marks. My preamble is


Has anyone got a reason or solution for why this is happening. I will need to put a number of quotes in, so any help for a proper solution is really appreciated.

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    You may want to look into the csquotes package and its \enquote command: \enquote{in quotes}.
    – moewe
    Mar 7, 2020 at 15:46
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    Welcome to TeX SX. Please post a *complete code demonstrating the problem.
    – Bernard
    Mar 7, 2020 at 15:46
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    the preamble you show isn't very relevant, the example should be an example of the problem but I think you are doing ''word'' but it should be ``word'' that is two backtick (ascii grave) on the left and two single quotes on the right, don't use the double quote Mar 7, 2020 at 15:58

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In English, you write quoted ``word'', in German it is ,,Wort'', in Spanish it is 《palabra》. The easiest way out is to use the csquotes package, and write \textquote{quoted}.


\usepackage[spanish, ngerman, english]{babel}
\usepackage[autostyle = true]{csquotes} % Adjust to language

  This is text in English.
  Here we quote ``by hand'' and also
  using \textquote{\LaTeX}.

   Dies is auf Deutsch.
   Hier werden zum Beispiel \glqq auf dieser Weise\grqq{}
   Phrasen zitiert.
   Oder \textquote{es wird so} geschrieben.

    En castellano,
    tambi\'en se usan signos especiales,
    se cita con <<esto>>
    o \textquote{de esta manera}.
  • Can you give a minimum example for each of the languages you mentioned?
    – AndréC
    Mar 14, 2020 at 9:53

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