# Question on the environment enumerate

Is there a way to list like

1. hello \ \ \ \ \ 2. hello
3. hello \ \ \ \ \ 4. hello
5. hello \ \ \ \ \ 6. hello


with LaTeX ? (the \ are for the space).

• Welcome to TeX.SX! Please explain that strange numbering a bit closer.! How big should that space be? How long could such a "hello" part become? What do you want to get with different line numbers in each "hello" part? – LaRiFaRi Sep 14 '15 at 12:25
• Actually, it doesn't matter. I juste want a listing of this form. Thank you. – idm Sep 14 '15 at 12:34
• It does matter a lot. Do you need such an arbitrary counting? Than use a table and do it manually. Do you want them to be split in the middle of the page or do you want to have a distance of \\\\\? Do you want every two items to be on one line or could there be 2 long ones left and 4 short ones right? You left us with a lot of guessing. Please clarify. I do not even know, if you want to have a left left left right right right or left right left right left right structure here, as the numbering does not tell us a lot. – LaRiFaRi Sep 14 '15 at 12:39

Apart from the weird counting, this could be done with the tasks package, for example.

If the way the counting does not really matter, it could be done with an enumerate which traverses down first, then uses the next column in a multicols environment.

If counting matters and the order is

1 2

3 4

5 6

then tasks should be used. However, with \task[somethingdifferent] the label could be set to somethingdifferent.

\documentclass[a4paper]{book}
\usepackage{enumitem}
\usepackage{multicols}

\begin{document}

%Note: Not recommended!!!!
\begin{multicols}{2}
\begin{enumerate}[label={\bfseries\arabic*.}]
\item A
\item B
\item C \setcounter{enumi}{1} % Counter value reset, now column