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### Use special character as a variable in a formula

If i write $t=a$ in LaTex, I get "t = a". If I write $t=?$ I get "t =?" but I want to get "t = ?". The ? shall have the same distance from the equals sign as any other variable or letter. Is there a way to to treat the "?" the same way as any other letter in a formula?

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Johannes_B
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A quick and dirty hack would be to set the space by hand.

\documentclass{article}\usepackage{mathtools}\newcommand{\iswhat}{\;?}\begin{document}$t=a$\par$t=?$\par$t=\iswhat$\end{document}
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esdd
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Other possibilities are
$t=\mathord{?}$

and
$t={}?$