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Sometimes I need an empty line like this

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If I write

$\Rightarrow \mathcal{I}_1 = \{\{A\}, \{B\}, \{C\}, \{E\}\}$
Generierung der häufigen $2$-Itemsets:

I'll get an error "There's no line here to end".

So, I've made

$\Rightarrow \mathcal{I}_1 = \{\{A\}, \{B\}, \{C\}, \{E\}\}$
$ $\\
Generierung der häufigen $2$-Itemsets:

This works, but I want to use a nicer solution...

How can I fix this??

Thank you for your help!

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I'm not sure you really want an “empty line”; probably you want that the equation is displayed, that is, set in \[...\]. “Empty lines” are mostly a consequence of using word processors, but they're rarely a good typographical device. – egreg Dec 27 '13 at 10:07
As @egreg says, you never (as in 99%) need manual line breaks in running text. Instead learn to use displayed math when appropriate. IMO it is a mistake that users learn that ` \\ ` and \newline can be used in the normal text. They almost always get it wrong. – daleif Dec 27 '13 at 10:26
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Try putting the equation in a displaymath or equation environment to create space before and after the equation.


How to adjust the spacing around an equation has been treated here.

If this question does not only refer to space after equations but skipping one line in general, maybe \vspace{\baselineskip} will serve your needs. This should generate vertical space in the size of one standard line of text.

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