# Make subitem behave like a nested itemize

Is it possible to make \subitem work like a nested itemize? For example, this is what I want the output to look like:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\begin{document}
\begin{itemize}

\item Lorem ipsum dolor
\begin{itemize}
\item[] \blindtext
\end{itemize}

\item Lorem ipsum dolor
\begin{itemize}
\item[] \blindtext
\end{itemize}

\end{itemize}
\end{document}

But can I achieve a similar layout using just \subitem? Specifically I need the lines following the first line of the subitem to be 'in-line' with the first line.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\begin{document}
\begin{itemize}

\item Lorem ipsum dolor
\subitem \blindtext

\item Lorem ipsum dolor
\subitem \blindtext

\end{itemize}
\end{document}

My motivation for asking is because using just \subitem is quicker to type than doing a nested \begin{itemize}...\end{itemize}. And I have many bullet points in this style to type.

• I cannot solve your question, but thanks for sharing us the \subitem command! I've never use that. – manooooh Nov 9 '18 at 23:29
• You could of course define \subitem to do anything you want but the default definition isn't really related to \item from itemize it is not defined in core latex it is defined in article class as part of its support for indices, this is generated by makeindex for subitems (and similarly for subsubitems) in an index. – David Carlisle Nov 9 '18 at 23:37
• your question is actually rather confusing as your example image looks like a simple non-nested itemize, although you have used a nested one-item itemize in the markup you are using \item[] so there is no label so essentially it is doing nothing. Do you need a nested list at all, or are you just wanting to style the text in the main list? – David Carlisle Nov 9 '18 at 23:39
• @DavidCarlisle You are right, I actually just want a paragraph to proceed an item. – Milo Nov 9 '18 at 23:59

As far as I can see there are no nested lists here, just a specification of the paragraph shape for paragraphs within an item, something like

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\usepackage{enumitem}
\begin{document}

\begin{itemize}[itemindent=-2em,leftmargin=2em]

\item Lorem ipsum dolor

\blindtext

\item Lorem ipsum dolor

\blindtext

\end{itemize}

\end{document}

To answer the question in the title, you could of course define \subitem to do anything you want, but the default definition isn't really related to \item from itemize Unlike \item, it is not defined in core latex; it is defined in article class as part of its support for indices, this is generated by makeindex for subitems (and similarly for subsubitems) in an index.