I'm trying to use Covington to generate my examples for my thesis, but anywhere I have sub-examples, the (a) and (b) examples don't line up.

Here is my code: (edited to show min working example, as per request)

\title{The English resultative: Argumenthood status and formal models}
\author{Elizabeth Christie}
\bibliographystyle{natbib.fullname} % Use this line on Liz's laptop

\usepackage[top=1in, bottom=1in, left=1.5in, right=1in,includefoot,includehead]{geometry} % CARLETON UNI thesis margins
\usepackage{rotating} % for making rotated tables
\usepackage[citebordercolor=white,linkbordercolor=white,urlbordercolor=white]{hyperref} %for putting links in the document.

\rhead{\thepage} %puts the page number in the top right corner
\lhead{\rightmark} % puts the section number and name in the top left corner


    \item \label{ResBack:Sem:Tel:SubInterval} 
        \item Bill heated the mixture hotter.
        \item Bill hammered the metal flatter.
        \item Penelope wove the shawl longer.

And the output looks like this:

screenshot of my document

I want the sub-list to line up with itself, but can't figure out how to do that from what I've read. Can someone please help me?

  • It helps those trying to help you if you provide a full minimum working example (MWE), beginning with \documentclass and ending with \end{document}. Dec 2, 2014 at 0:33
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    I wouldn't recommend using covington at all. It's very old and there are better packages for linguistics example numbering available. See Numbered examples in linguistics that I can refer back to.
    – Alan Munn
    Dec 2, 2014 at 7:38
  • I have added more code to make the minimum working example more complete. Hopefully that includes everything that is needed. Dec 5, 2014 at 15:33
  • As for the comment by @AlanMunn, I have heard of gb4e, and was hesitant to switch as I would have to change all of the examples in the existing 70 pages of thesis. But, it seems to be better than covington, so I will give it a try. Thank you for your input. Dec 5, 2014 at 15:35

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For the record, covington 1.2 (August 2016) introduced a length examplenumbersep that can be used to manually fix such things, e.g. \setlength\examplenumbersep{1em}

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