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I have the following structure to a set of equations:

\begin{align}
\MoveEqLeft eq1 = \\
& eq2term1 eq2term2 \\
& eq3term1 eq3term2
\end{align}

Right now eq2term1 and eq2term2 are way too long to appear together in the same line. I want to break it into:

\begin{align}
\MoveEqLeft eq1 = & \\
& eq2term1 \\
& eq2term2 \\
& eq3term1 eq3term2
\end{align}

However, there is one thing I don't like about this, which is eq2term1 and eq2term2 are aligned to the left the same way. I want to push eq2term2 much further in, so that it is apparent it is a continuation of eq2term1. Is there a way to do that?

I think I could do that by adding spaces before eq2term2, but that doesn't sound the "right" way to do it...

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After your "&" you could insert manual space, say \qquad or similar. –  Daryl Aug 30 '12 at 13:05
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@Daryl why don't you turn your comment into an answer (adding some example code illustrating your suggestion)? –  Gonzalo Medina Aug 30 '12 at 13:11
    
Maybe the multiline or split environment form the AMSmath package might be useful for you? –  Stephen Aug 30 '12 at 14:51
    
okay, I used the qquad trick Daryl mentioned. It seems to be working well. –  kloop Aug 30 '12 at 17:25
    
otherwise you could use \phantom{put something here} –  cmhughes Aug 30 '12 at 21:23
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After your &, you could insert manual space, say with \qquad or similar.

Example:

\begin{align*}
  Something &= short_line\\
  &= long_line_part_1\\
  &= \qquad long_line_part_2 % manually insert space
\end{align*}
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Tip: You can highlight code by selecting it and hitting Ctrl + K, or the {} button on the toolbar above the text field. This adds backticks (`) for inline code and four-space indentation for blocks. –  Torbjørn T. Aug 30 '12 at 21:22
    
I'm on a mobile device atm. It is very slow going doing anything. Thanks for the tidy up. –  Daryl Aug 30 '12 at 21:23
    
Ah, I see. No problem. –  Torbjørn T. Aug 30 '12 at 21:24
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