# Make multiline list items line up horizontally

I'm trying to make a list in which each item has multiple lines, and I want the items to line up horizontally, like this:

1. this is the        2. and this is
first item in         the second item
the list


I've tried a bunch of different things, but what always ends up happening is that the first line of the second item lines up with the last line of the first item, like so:

1. this is the
first item in
the list 2. and this is
the second item


Anyone have a way around this? Thanks!

• Related, possible solution: Multiple Choices Questions in 2 or 3 columns Jun 4 '16 at 2:17
• Welcome to TeX.SE. It would be helpful if you composed a fully compilable MWE including \documentclass and the appropriate packages that sets up the problem. While solving problems can be fun, setting them up is not. Then, those trying to help can simply cut and paste your MWE and get started on solving the problem. Also, in this case, the solution may very well depend on how you are creating the lists. Jun 4 '16 at 2:53
• Have you taken a look at the tasks package? I've found it quite useful for something along the lines of what you want. Jun 4 '16 at 4:19

Have you considered using the tasks package? It can achieve something like what you're asking for.

\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}

I'm trying to make a list in which each item has multiple lines, and I want the items to line up horizontally, like this:
this is the
first item in
the list      this is the
first item in
the list      this is the
first item in
the list      this is the
first item in
the list
\task and this is the second itme.and this is the second itme.and this is the second itme.and this is the second itme.and this is the second itme.