I have a variable name that I need to include mid-paragraph. The variable is called "oral_read_score". LaTeX seems to think that I meant the "r" and "s" to be subscripts, and gives an error unless I change to $oral_read_score$, which is not what I want. Is there some option I can use to turn this error off?


Two possibilities:






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LaTeX reserves the special character _ for math mode subscripts; you can escape this character using \_ for its use in text mode; the second option uses \verb to write the expression verbatim.

  • Many solutions in TeX/SX come without explanation. Explaining why yours is the right solution may help save millions of future LaTeX users precious time. – user10274 Nov 20 '12 at 19:46
  • @MarcvanDongen I added some remarks. – Gonzalo Medina Nov 20 '12 at 19:51

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