I have the following structure to a set of equations:

\MoveEqLeft eq1 = \\
& eq2term1 eq2term2 \\
& eq3term1 eq3term2

Right now eq2term1 and eq2term2 are way too long to appear together in the same line. I want to break it into:

\MoveEqLeft eq1 = & \\
& eq2term1 \\
& eq2term2 \\
& eq3term1 eq3term2

However, there is one thing I don't like about this, which is eq2term1 and eq2term2 are aligned to the left the same way. I want to push eq2term2 much further in, so that it is apparent it is a continuation of eq2term1. Is there a way to do that?

I think I could do that by adding spaces before eq2term2, but that doesn't sound the "right" way to do it...

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    After your "&" you could insert manual space, say \qquad or similar. – Daryl Aug 30 '12 at 13:05
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    @Daryl why don't you turn your comment into an answer (adding some example code illustrating your suggestion)? – Gonzalo Medina Aug 30 '12 at 13:11
  • Maybe the multiline or split environment form the AMSmath package might be useful for you? – Stephen Aug 30 '12 at 14:51
  • okay, I used the qquad trick Daryl mentioned. It seems to be working well. – kloop Aug 30 '12 at 17:25
  • otherwise you could use \phantom{put something here} – cmhughes Aug 30 '12 at 21:23

After your &, you could insert manual space, say with \qquad or similar.


  Something &= short_line\\
  &= long_line_part_1\\
  &= \qquad long_line_part_2 % manually insert space
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  • Tip: You can highlight code by selecting it and hitting Ctrl + K, or the {} button on the toolbar above the text field. This adds backticks (`) for inline code and four-space indentation for blocks. – Torbjørn T. Aug 30 '12 at 21:22
  • I'm on a mobile device atm. It is very slow going doing anything. Thanks for the tidy up. – Daryl Aug 30 '12 at 21:23
  • Ah, I see. No problem. – Torbjørn T. Aug 30 '12 at 21:24

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