# Align gb4e examples horizontally

Is there any way to make examples written in gb4e appear ordered horizontally to each other, not vertically?

It should look like this:

1) a. Short example b. Short example c. Short example

1) a. Short example

b. Short example

c. Short example

## A solution using multicol

You can use the multicol package to do this. The examples really do need to be quite small, though:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry}
\usepackage{multicol}
\usepackage{gb4e}
\begin{document}
\begin{exe}
\ex\label{threeex}
\begin{multicols}{3}
\begin{xlist}
\ex A small example.
\ex Another small example.
\ex And a third one.
\end{xlist}
\end{multicols}
\end{exe}
\end{document}


However, a downside of this approach is that if you put more than 3 examples in a list, the way the multicol works will put the examples in an order you probably won't like:

## A solution using tabularx

Since the multicol solution has severe limitations, I usually use a tabular environment for these kinds of examples. Here's a worked out example. It uses tabularx to create the table, and adds a command to increment the counter within the table.

The main limitation of this approach is that it won't work properly with glossed examples using the \gll macros. I don't know of any good way to do that.

Also, if you are using grammaticality judgement symbols like * you should enclose them like this \llap{*} so that they line up correctly.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry}
\usepackage{tabularx}
\usepackage{array}
\usepackage{environ}
\usepackage{gb4e}

\newcolumntype{T}{>{\refstepcounter{tabenum}}X}
\newcounter{tabenum}[xnumi]
\renewcommand{\thetabenum}{\thexnumi\alph{tabenum}}
\NewEnviron{multiexe}{%
\setlength{\extrarowheight}{1ex}
\begin{tabularx}{\linewidth}[t]{@{}TTT@{}}
\BODY
\end{tabularx}
}
\begin{document}

\begin{exe}
\ex\label{firstset}
\begin{multiexe}
\tabex A small example. &
\tabex Another small example. &
\tabex And a third one. \\
\tabex A fourth &
\tabex A fifth \label{foo1}&
\tabex A sixth
\end{multiexe}
\ex\label{secondset}
\begin{multiexe}
\tabex A small example. &
\tabex Another small example. &
\tabex And a third one.\label{foo2} \\
\tabex A fourth &
\tabex A fifth &
\tabex A sixth
\end{multiexe}
\end{exe}
You can refer to examples (\ref{foo1}) and (\ref{foo2}).
\end{document}


• The tabularx example is exactly what I needed. Thank you! – sgf Jul 30 '16 at 7:54