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How can I take a text array such as this:

 \[
 \left. \begin{array}{l}
 \textrm{Commonwealth}\\
 \textrm{vs}\\
 \textrm{Person on Trial}
 \end{array} \right\} \textrm{A matter of Debt}
 \]

Which produces this:

Text Array example (centered)

And force it to align to the left side of the page instead of being centered?

Additionally, how can I move the textrm vs' further to the right so that it aligns below the lettern' in `Commonwealth'?

Any help very greatly appreciated!

  • Is it supposed to be within an equation? – Bernard Apr 13 at 20:56
  • No, this is not an equation. The array is being used strictly for the tall right curly brace which is a common element in old legal documents I'm transcribing. – gentexuser Apr 13 at 20:59
  • just use $ not \[ so it is at the left and use tabular not array so the entries are text. – David Carlisle Apr 13 at 21:00
  • Sorry to be dense but could you show an mwe for that? – gentexuser Apr 13 at 21:11
  • Then you don't need an equation. There are other tools – Bernard Apr 13 at 21:14
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A very simple solution with a tabular and package delarray:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[showframe]{geometry}
\usepackage{delarray}

\begin{document}
\mbox{}

\noindent
\begin{tabular}.{@{}c@{\,}}\}
Commonwealth\\
 vs\\
Person on Trial
 \end{tabular}A matter of Debt

\end{document} 

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  • Awesome! Thanks Bernard! – gentexuser Apr 13 at 21:23
  • ooh delarray I'd forgotten about that, who wrote that? – David Carlisle Apr 13 at 22:05
  • @DavidCarlisle: Guess who? (said Droopy) ;o) – Bernard Apr 13 at 22:24

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