How can I insert a left brace over multiple lines on both sides of the brace? I made a mockup of what I would like:



  • I would want to be able to use the alignment character & on the equations of either side of the brace, to align them vertically as well.
  • Each horizontal line must share the same base line, just like in \[x\ 1+2y\]. That is, x must have the same base line as 1+2y.

Ps. The equations I have here don't make sense, but it's for something more complicated that I have in mind.

Here's a pseudo-code / starting code (note this does not produce the above picture..)

    1 &+ 2y \\
    3 &+ x
  • @Zarko I want the x to be in line with the 1+2y, and the y to be in line with 3+x. That only gives me one side of the brace? – ksgj1 Apr 14 '17 at 5:05

Like this?

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\begin{aligned} x \\ y \end{aligned}%
    \left\{\begin{aligned}  1 & + 2y \\ 
                            3 & + x \end{aligned}\right.
  • Almost, but the first line doesn't seem to be in line on both sides of the brace. That is, x seems a little lower than 1+2y. Also y seems a little higher than 3+x, or are they already in line? – ksgj1 Apr 14 '17 at 5:18
  • See the base line between x and 1+2yin this code: \[x 1+2y\] – ksgj1 Apr 14 '17 at 5:21
  • @ksgj1, see if is now better. – Zarko Apr 14 '17 at 5:25
  • Thanks for the attempts, Zarko. :) I want to be able to use the alignment tab & to align the + also (see my pseudocode). If I do so in the matrix environment, I'll get unwanted spaces. Also, your current code has a extra \] at the end. – ksgj1 Apr 14 '17 at 5:31
  • above is my last attempt ... – Zarko Apr 14 '17 at 5:39

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