# How to write a greek letter in a item list

I am trying to add the character "alpha" in the title of a list like this:

  \item \alpha value


so that I see the bullet, a alpha letter and the word "value", all in the same row.

Even though I see the result I want in the preview, I have this errors:

Missing $inserted Missing } inserted Extra }, or forgotten \endgroup  I don't know what I am doing wrong, any tips? • You can use \item[\textbullet$\alpha$value] maybe. Note that \alpha needs to be in mathmode, within $$. – azetina Apr 4 '14 at 16:01 • "\item$\alpha$value" worked, thanks a lot! – Anthony Apr 4 '14 at 16:05 ## 1 Answer The error Missing$ inserted
Missing } inserted
Extra }, or forgotten \endgroup


is due to the fact that \alpha needs to be in mathmode; hence, within $<math content>$. Therefore, using

\item $\alpha$ value


should fix the issue.

The following is just a suggestion to look into. It is not fully optimized.

\documentclass[letterpaper]{article}
\usepackage{enumitem}
\usepackage{calc}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\newlength{\alphaitemize}
\setlength{\alphaitemize}{\widthof{\textbullet~$\alpha$ value}}
\begin{document}
\lipsum[1-2]
\begin{itemize}[label=\textbullet~$\alpha$ value:,itemindent=\alphaitemize]
\item 23
\item 24
\end{itemize}
\begin{itemize}
\item $\alpha$ value: 23
\item $\alpha$ value: 23
\end{itemize}
\lipsum[1-2]
\end{document}


Note that changed the labeling of the itemization to be more effective.