# Enumerate Package

I'm trying to write an exam paper using LaTeX. I use the enumerate package, e.g.

\begin{enumerate}
\item This question is about balloons.
\begin{enumerate}
\item What shape are balloons?
\item What colour are balloons?
\end{enumerate}
\end{enumerate}


The problem comes from when I want to put commentary into the question. At the moment, the first level of enumerate gives me a number, and the second a letter. But in between the letters, I might like to say something about the next part of the question, and I would like that outdented, i.e. not on the same level as the lettered parts of the question. I have a work around:

\begin{enumerate}
\item This question is about balloons.
\begin{enumerate}[(a)]
\item What shape are balloons?
\end{enumerate}
Assume that all balloons are the same shape.
\begin{enumerate}[(b)]
\item What colour are balloons?
\end{enumerate}
\end{enumerate}


This is a real pain in the you-know-what. Doing it this way, everything in the last enumerate environment gets labelled as (b). So I have to \begin{enumerate} and \end{enumerate} and label every subsequent part:

\begin{enumerate}
\item This question is about balloons.
\begin{enumerate}[(a)]
\item What shape are balloons?
\end{enumerate}
Assume that all balloons are the same shape.
\begin{enumerate}[(b)]
\item What colour are balloons?
\end{enumerate}
\begin{enumerate}[(c)]
\item Why do I have to keep doing this?
\end{enumerate}
\begin{enumerate}[(d)]
\item Why do I have to keep doing this?
\end{enumerate}
\end{enumerate}

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You should consider the enumitem package, instead, and its resume feature. – egreg Jun 25 '13 at 16:39
enumitem is included in both MikTeX and TeX Live, so you may have it already. If not, which TeX distribution do you have? – Torbjørn T. Jun 25 '13 at 16:45
enumerate is quite old and you should probably use enumitem but you can use enumerate but you are misusing it \begin{enumerate}[(b)] should be \begin{enumerate}[(a)]\setcounter{enumii}{2} Only a is a special value to set the counter format you can not use b to set the start value. – David Carlisle Jun 25 '13 at 16:58
TeXnicCenter is just the editor, and doesn't really have anything to do with installing packages -- the distribution (in this case MikTeX) takes care of that. Anyways, MikTeX has a package manager, you can find a shortcut in the start menu. In that, you can search for, and install, packages. Or, if you have activated on-the-fly installation of missing packages, all you have to do is compile a document with \usepackage{enumitem}, and the installation happens automatically. – Torbjørn T. Jun 25 '13 at 17:04
(Heh, I didn't read your comment to the end, silly me.) If you dis as asked in the installation window, then the package should be installed. Does the document compile? – Torbjørn T. Jun 25 '13 at 17:06

This is quite easy with enumitem:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{enumitem}
\newlist{subquestion}{enumerate}{1}
\setlist[subquestion,1]{label=(\alph*)}

\begin{document}
\begin{enumerate}
\item This question is about balloons.
\begin{subquestion}
\item What shape are balloons?
\end{subquestion}
Assume that all balloons are the same shape.
\begin{subquestion}[resume]
\item What colour are balloons?
\item Why do I have to keep doing this?
\end{subquestion}
Something else.
\begin{subquestion}[resume]
\item Why do I have to keep doing this?
\end{subquestion}
\end{enumerate}
\end{document}


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