# Space before and after align

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

Thus
(Should there be a space here?)
\begin{align*}
\end{align*}
(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
• 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