# How can I center a list within a list?

I am trying to center a list of options within an enumerated list environment. Like so,

\usepackage{enumerate}

\begin{document}
\begin{enumerate}
\item Which of the following statements is true?
\begin{center}
\begin{enumerate} [I.]
\item Statement the first.
\item Statement the second.
\item Statement the third.
\end{enumerate}
\end{center}
\end{enumerate}
\end{document}


The center environment does nothing, however. I have also tried embedding the center environment above in a minipage, but this also did nothing.

My goal is to make this like something you might see on the SATs, where the statements are centered but everything else is left-aligned. Any ideas?

I have no idea what SATs look like but I suspect you want something like

\documentclass{article}\usepackage{enumerate}

\begin{document}
\begin{enumerate}
\item Which of the following statements is true?
\begin{center}
\begin{minipage}{.4\textwidth}
\begin{enumerate} [I.]
\item Statement the first.
\item Statement the second.
\item Statement the third.
\end{enumerate}
\end{minipage}
\end{center}
\end{enumerate}
\end{document}


Or in comments there is a suggestion that you meant the second example below:

\documentclass{article}\usepackage{enumerate}

\begin{document}
\begin{enumerate}
\item Which of the following statements is true?
\begin{center}
\begin{minipage}{.4\textwidth}
\begin{enumerate} [I.]
\item Statement the first.
\item Statement the second a bit longer.
\item Statement the third.
\end{enumerate}
\end{minipage}
\end{center}
\end{enumerate}

\begin{enumerate}
\item Which of the following statements is true?
\begin{enumerate} [I.]\centering
\item Statement the first.
\item Statement the second a bit longer.
\item Statement the third.
\end{enumerate}
\end{enumerate}
\end{document}

• Nice! But I guess that the OP wants all 3 items centered, not the whole block centered. Let's wait. – Sigur Nov 20 '13 at 0:44
• @Sigur you mean as in the updated answer? (ug:-) – David Carlisle Nov 20 '13 at 0:53
• Wow, I'm glad it was so simple. It totally makes sense that the 'minipage' environment should be centered; I'm embarrassed that I only tried it the other way around. And for clarity, I desired your first example. That second example is good to know, too, though. I had no idea you could put commands immediately following the '\begin' command. Anyway, thanks a ton, @DavidCarlisle! – stevo1977 Nov 20 '13 at 5:32