I would like to number example sentences throughout my document (long document). Right now I use enumerate for this. I don't want the default way of numbering, though, but this one: (1), (2), etc.

I want this numbering to change by itself, in case I add an example in the middle of the text later on.

How can I do this? Should I put the whole document within the \begin{enumerate}[(1)] and \end{enumerate} commands? If I do this, the whole document text is indented, but maybe I can change this?

If I put each example sentence in its own \begin{enumerate}[(1)] / \end{enumerate}, the numbering does not change by itself, and I don't want to have to do it manually.

I'm sure this is easy to solve, but I can't find the answer. Thank you!


I would not only like to have example sentences in this on-going numbering, but also tables.

I'm not sure if it was a good idea to use tables here. I still wanted numbered example sentences, but with a direct translation underneath, and aligned in a nice way (a lot of scientific papers do it like this).

I'm adding an example from a paper that has the 'tabular' example sentence style I'd like to have.

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    Do you want every sentence numbered? Every paragraph? Just ones you specify? Please edit your question to include a complete compilable example showing what you want. Hard code the numbers you want automated. Aug 29, 2016 at 12:55
  • I think, you should rather use the enumitem package and its `resume' feature for the continuation
    – user31729
    Aug 29, 2016 at 13:06
  • Welcome! Take a look at enumitem.
    – cfr
    Aug 29, 2016 at 13:06
  • Thanks, Christian! Using the enumitemwith shortlabels worked! I have a follow-up question, which I will put in my edited first post ;)
    – reenah
    Aug 30, 2016 at 7:44
  • @reenah: I don't see why you use shortlabels there. And please don't use portions of my answer in your post as well, neither it is very well to add a follow-up question in the same post :-( -- Since your question is solved, as you stated explicitly in your edit, consider to accept my answer
    – user31729
    Aug 30, 2016 at 8:47

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A proposition with enumitem and its resume feature. One could define a specialized list for this as well, but I omitted this for shortness right now:





\item An important sentence
\item Another important sentence


\item More important sentences
\item Even more important sentences


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