# [Tex/LaTex] Command \textbackslash invalid in math mode

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I'm trying to write LaTeX code in my document. Could someone help me with this error message:

LaTeX Warning: Command \textbackslash invalid in math mode on input line 4.

{\fontsize{10pt}{12.0pt}\selectfont $\textbackslash$ def$\textbackslash$ cp$\{$ $\textbackslash$ textit$\{$ cp.$\}$ $\}$ \ \par}\par


\textbackslash is a text-mode command, so it does not work in math-mode (as you may have noticed) because math fonts are wildly different from text fonts, so the characters are set up differently, so they are not at all compatible. in math-mode you'd use \backslash if you wanted the backslash math symbol.

$\textbackslash$def $\textbackslash$cp $\{$ $\textbackslash$ textit$\{$ cp.$\}$ $\}$


looks a lot like you are trying to typeset some LaTeX command. Then just use \verb:

\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
\verb|\def\cp{\textit{cp.}}|
\end{document}


As a rule of thumb: if it's too complicated, you're doing it the wrong way.