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I have a condition of the form $E1$ and $E2$, where E1 and E2 are long expressions. The condition is important and I've put it into its own line with the align environment. See the snippet below.

\begin{align*}
    E_1~\text{ and }~E_2.
\end{align*}

The problem is that there is too little space between the word and and the two expressions. What's the best way to handle this? I'd like to avoid adding many ~'s; I could use & (i.e. E_1 &~&\text{ and }&~& E_2) but that puts E1 to the far left, and to the center, and E2 to the far right.

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Single line displays should always use \[ not align* so I would possibly use

\[
E1
\qquad \text{and} \qquad
E2
\]

but hard to say as you have not provided a real example.

  • This works like a charm. – blazs Jan 31 '16 at 15:56
  • What about equation* vs. \[? – blazs Mar 2 '16 at 16:50
  • @blazs what about it, by default latex only defines \[ equation* is defined by the amsmath package to be the same as \[ – David Carlisle Mar 2 '16 at 17:23

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