I asked a question about a study of behavioral economics, and mentioned some example amounts given to participants. I was surprised to notice that I couldn't type a dollar sign followed by an amount of money, as it got converted to a TeX expression.

I wasn't aware that Cognitive Sciences has the TeX extension. But now I know it, how do I avoid it, so I can use the dollar sign to denote dollars, as opposed to formulae?

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I fixed up your question. You just need to escape the dollar sign with a backslash \, so e.g.,

\$ 200,000

  • Thank you - I should have tried the intuitive option instead of looking around for the TFM and getting frustrating for not finding it.
    – rumtscho
    Jul 18, 2012 at 10:26
  • @rumtscho It's all good, no big deal. Welcome to the site! :) Jul 18, 2012 at 10:28

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