I am curious if there is a "correct" way whether to add a space before/after the align:

(Should there be a space here?)    
(Should there be a space here?)  
Since $\epsilon>0$ is arbitrary...

There is a clear difference between the two (in terms of spacing) and sometimes if I don't add a space after "\end{align*} there is a strange distortion.

Thanks for expert help.

  • Could you post a minimal example demonstrating what you're after? – Bernard May 11 '16 at 16:15
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    If by "space" you mean empty line in the code, then no, you don't generally want that. More specifically it depends on whether the set of equations is at the end of a paragraph (in which case you want a paragraph break - empty line - after it) or inside a paragraph (in which case you don't want paragraph breaks anywhere). – Torbjørn T. May 11 '16 at 16:22

You should never have a blank line before a display: TeX produces a spurious white line (a blank paragraph, not vertical space) in that case.

You need a blank line after the display if the following text is a new paragraph and don't need a blank line if it is not.

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