# How to indent second line of an item enumerate

Here's my code:

\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
\begin{enumerate}
\item Solve the equation \\
\hspace*{24cm} $x^2 = y$
\end{enumerate}
\end{document}


I want it such that there's a blank space/indent so that the equation starts further right than the instructions. I've tried \indent, \paragraph, and \hspace* as you can see and none of it seems to work. I know I could get this to work by starting a new level of enumerate, but I was just wondering if there was another way, since I have to do this many times in the document.

• Are you sure that you don't want \item Solve the equation $x^2 = y.$? If you are, you can try \\ \quad $x^2=y$. Feb 17, 2016 at 19:31
• Indentation by 24 cm? How wide is your papersize?
– user31729
Feb 17, 2016 at 19:31
• welcome to the site! :) have you tried using $x^2=y$? Feb 17, 2016 at 19:31
• I haven't tried [x^2=y] and it works great! Thank you! Feb 17, 2016 at 19:49

Something like this (although I would not use it personally this way)? Using \hfill to 'push' the equation to the right margin.

(I assume that the original \hspace*{24cm} was meant to shift the equation to the right margin)

However, this might look awkward for a bunch of several equations.

\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
\begin{enumerate}
\item Solve the equation

\hfill $x^2 = y$
\end{enumerate}
\end{document}


\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
\begin{enumerate}
\item Solve the equation \\
\makebox[\linewidth]{$x^2 = y$} % centred equation
\end{enumerate}
\end{document}