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What is the best solution for an equation which is overflowing?

I have the structure:

long here & long here 2

and this causes the long here 2 to overflow.

I want to put it in the line below, shifted almost all the way to the left. One way to do it might be:

\lefteqn{long here} & \\
& long here 2

but I thought there might be a way that wouldn't require lefteqn. is it so? (by the way, is lefteqn a no-no like eqnarray?)

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what about using the multline environment instead of align? – Guido Aug 18 '12 at 12:49
but I do want it to be pushed forward a little (the second line) – kloop Aug 18 '12 at 13:18
up vote 6 down vote accepted

What you want is the multline environment (from amsmath):

long left \\
long right

The mathtools package provides also multlined that is to multline as aligned and gathered are to align and gather.

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