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I am a novice in Latex and I write in Greek language a report. In the report I want to write a couple of terms in english so I use the command \latintext{} but then after that command everything gets messy. What can I do? Thanks

EDIT

\documentclass{book}

\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[greek]{babel}
\usepackage{amsthm}
\usepackage{amssymb}
\usepackage{amsfonts}
\usepackage[a4paper,top=2cm,bottom=2.5cm,left=3.5cm,right=3.5cm,marginparwidth=1.75cm]{geometry}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage[colorlinks=true, allcolors=blue]{hyperref}
\usepackage{amsthm}
\usepackage{thmtools, thm-restate}


\title{Διπλωματική Εργασία}
\author{Δημήτρης Στεργίου }
\date{Σεπτέμβριος 2021}

\begin{document}
\maketitle

\chapter{}
\latintext{alexandrov}

Αυτό είναι το Πρώτο κεφάλαιο

\end{document}
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    Any chance you could show us the problematic effect in a small (compilable - or at least as compilable as possible) example document? tex.meta.stackexchange.com/q/228/35864 I did not know the command \latintext and a short google search did not turn up anything useful. It is also relevant if you use babel or polyglossia for localisation and if you use pdfLaTeX, LuaLaTeX or XeLaTeX to compile.
    – moewe
    Sep 12, 2021 at 7:21
  • @moewe, I edited my question. The problem starts when I insert the \latintext {} ,
    – dmtri
    Sep 12, 2021 at 7:35
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    I'm afraid this is not a compilable example document in the sense of tex.meta.stackexchange.com/q/228/35864. It is important that you tell us which \documentclass you are using and which relevant packages you load in your preamble.
    – moewe
    Sep 12, 2021 at 7:37
  • @moewe, I hope now it helps. Thanks
    – dmtri
    Sep 12, 2021 at 7:42
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    Not related to your problem, but you should load packages only once. The example has two \usepackage{amsthm}s. Delete the second one. \usepackage{amssymb} already loads amsfonts, so you can drop the \usepackage{amsfonts}. Also keep in mind that hyperref should generally be loaded last. So you probably want to move \usepackage{thmtools, thm-restate} to before you load hyperref.
    – moewe
    Sep 12, 2021 at 7:57

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\latintext is not a macro that takes an argument, it is a switch that changes everything that comes after it within the current group. It works like \bfseries and \itshape and not like \textbf and \textit (see Is there a difference between \textit and \itshape?).

Either use curly braces around \latintext or use the macro version \textlatin.

As a rule of thumb I'd use \textlatin{<text>} for a few words and {\latintext <longer text>} (note the different bracing!) for longer text that spans several paragraphs.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[greek]{babel}

\begin{document}
Αυτό είναι το Πρώτο κεφάλαιο

{\latintext
alexandrov

also works for new paragraphs
}

Αυτό είναι το Πρώτο κεφάλαιο

\textlatin{alexandrov,
but we can't start a new paragraph here}

Αυτό είναι το Πρώτο κεφάλαιο
\end{document}

Αυτό είναι το Πρώτο κεφάλαιο
alexandrov
also works for new paragraphs
Αυτό είναι το Πρώτο κεφάλαιο
alexandrov, but we can’t start a new paragraph here
Αυτό είναι το Πρώτο κεφάλαιο


Note that \latintext and \textlatin just switch to a font encoding that works for Latin text. If you plan to write longer passages in English (or another language with Latin alphabet), it would be better to load that language as secondary document language and use the appropriate language switching commands.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[english, greek]{babel}

\begin{document}
Αυτό είναι το Πρώτο κεφάλαιο

{\begin{otherlanguage}{english}
alexandrov

also works for new paragraphs
\end{otherlanguage}}

Αυτό είναι το Πρώτο κεφάλαιο

\foreignlanguage{english}{alexandrov,
but we can't start a new paragraph here}

Αυτό είναι το Πρώτο κεφάλαιο
\end{document}

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