I have a proposition which consists of two itemized bullets. I want both to be displayed in an offset way, but the first one keeps getting displayed as a continuation of the Proposition in bold.

How to get what I want?

This is my code.

This is the usual display.
\mbox{} \item If $b_{1} \leq \sqrt{x}$, then: $\epsilon_{i}=\epsilon_{i}^{+}, i
\in \{1,2,3\}.$
\item If $b_{1} > \sqrt{x}$, then either $\epsilon_{i}=\epsilon_{i}^{+}, i \in
\{1,2,3\}$ or $\epsilon_{i}=\epsilon_{i}^{-}, i \in \{1,2,3\}.$
  • How is the prop environment defined? If it's defined with the ntheorem package, you could insert the instruction \theoremstyle{break} prior to prop getting set up; this will force a line break after Proposition <num>.
    – Mico
    Jul 10, 2012 at 13:03
  • But I don't want a linebreak every time. I guess I could define two separate prop environments, but it's rather awkward. Thanks anyway. Other ideas? Jul 10, 2012 at 13:15
  • you can use \mbox{}\begin{itemize.... as a quick workaround Jul 10, 2012 at 13:23
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    @FelixGoldberg moved where? Please (for any question) make a complete document that may be run that shows the problem, and all packages required to reproduce. Jul 10, 2012 at 13:53
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    Felix, I've edited your question to include the document from your comment. You may have been able to do that yourself, but regardless, there it is. Jul 10, 2012 at 14:11

2 Answers 2


You put the \mbox{} in the wrong place:


Is where it should go.


I found that \mbox{}\begin{itemize} caused too much of a gap so I defined a new command


to put before the \begin{itemize}. This enabled me to regulate how much space I wanted (I found this was about enough just to skip down a line).

It's a pretty crude way of doing stuff but it worked well for me since I only wanted to do it for a few of my definitions and didn't want to define a new theoremstyle as I wanted to keep the counter going for my definitions.


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