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If I try something like \u{i}, I get both the breve and the dot. How can I get it without the dot?

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    Welcome to TeX.sx! A tip: You can use backticks ` to mark your inline code as I did in my edit. – doncherry Jul 3 '12 at 0:51
  • this is a pretty basic question. i suggest reading a good introduction. "the not so short introduction to LaTeX2e" (texdoc lshort if you're using a system based on tex live) is a good place to start. this topic is addressed on p.24 in the section "accents and special characters". – barbara beeton Jul 3 '12 at 13:16
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The dotless i is \i; so you would want \u{\i}. (A dotless j is, likewise, \j).

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    On math mode one should use \imath and \jmath. – Waldir Leoncio Mar 17 '16 at 13:33
  • @WaldirLeoncio but in math it would be \breve not \u – David Carlisle Apr 20 '17 at 10:31

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