Is there a way of specifying the exact space, in some given unit, between two words when the text is fully justified? I normally use \hspace{x cm} when I want to increase/decrease the space relative to the original spacing post-justification by x cm. But how can I specify an exact space such that the spacing between the words does not change, regardless of what justification does to the base spacing?

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    Did you try to put the words into an hbox? Connect them with your hspace command without spaces. Just an idea - no latex available at the moment...
    – AndiW
    Jul 17, 2020 at 22:42

2 Answers 2


The \hbox or \mbox solution is good. Another possibility is to eliminate existing space

  \nobreak % optional

specifying the exact \sep{4mm} space, in some given unit

This eliminates white space from \hspace commands or space characters before the measured gap, but ignores only space characters (or line-ends) afterwards. The \nobreak is on the assumption that you don't want a line break there. The \leavevmode makes sure you aren't berween paragraphs, preventing the \unskip commands from eliminating \vspace glue. Two \unskips allow for \hspace plus a space character preceding the gap.

  • Nice to see a compliment like "The solution is good"... thx ;-)
    – AndiW
    Jul 17, 2020 at 23:39
  • This is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you!
    – niran90
    Jul 18, 2020 at 11:14

You could try something like

I love \mbox{big\hspace{2em}green} apples more than the small red ones.

Note: Usually it is not a good idea to fiddle with interword spacing... :-(

  • @egreg answer updated - you're right... :-)
    – AndiW
    Jul 18, 2020 at 7:37
  • Yes, I'd upvote it again if I could. Jul 18, 2020 at 8:17

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