# add white space to manually indent line

I'm trying to add space to a line so that it lines up with the text above it which is bulletpointed. If I add \indent to the second line it indents the above line too so that it is all shifted over.

\documentclass[10pt]{article}
\begin{document}

\indent $\bullet$ This is the first line
\\ This is the second line

\end{document}


I want the "This"'s to line up. I've tried adding \ to the line but it doesn't work at the start of the line.

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Please give us a complete (mock-up) document illustrating your intent. –  Gonzalo Medina Jan 13 '13 at 18:15
Please see the amended question –  LlamaD Jan 13 '13 at 18:22
Doesn't the {itemize} environment fulfil your needs? –  cgnieder Jan 13 '13 at 18:23

Seems like you're trying to reinvent something.

\begin{itemize}
\item This is the first line \\ %line with dot
This is the second line   %line without dot
\item Next line with dot
\end{itemize}


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Just the first two lines would be closer to each other. I suggest \item One \item[] Two \item Three. –  tohecz Jan 13 '13 at 18:43

For those who would like to know how to achieve space at the beginning of any line:

Tex prevents that, it has to have breakable text in front of white space. \- is the key for breakable, therefore \-\ Text works.

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How would this work for adding more than one space? –  LlamaD Jan 14 '13 at 15:24
With \-\hspace{2cm} or any other spacing operator - including \-\pseudo{The space this would have used is left blank} –  user24276 Jan 14 '13 at 17:14