I'm typing up a document that requires subitems (ex: 1. a), b), etc.). I have been able to do this by using \subitem but what really bugs me is that only this first line of the subitem has a indent (tab) and what follows after does not conform to that indent. Does that make sense? Here's a picture of what I'm talking about in case it doesn't:

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I tried using \setlength{\parindent}{0.25cm} but that didn't work. I am using the enumitem package, but I haven't looked into it very throughly so maybe there's something there that I haven't tried. I would really appreciate if anyone has any suggestions as to how to resolve this semi-annoying problem. Thanks in advance!

EDIT The code I'm using (a portion of it):

\item \textit{CC DD} and \textit{cc dd} individuals were crossed to each other, and the $\mathrm{F_{1}}$ generation was backcrossed to the \textit{cc dd} parent. 903 \textit{Cc Dd}, 897 \textit{cc dd}, 98 \textit{Cc dd}, and 102 \textit{cc Dd} offspring resulted. 

\subitem a. How far apart are the \textit{c} and \textit{d} loci?

\subitem b. What progeny and in what frequencies would you expect to result from testcrossing the $\mathrm{F_{1}}$ generation from a \textit{CC dd} X \textit{cc DD} cross to \textit{cc dd}?
  • @Halime it would be helpful if you showed in a minimal example what code you were actually trying to use. (For example, \subitem is not defined by the enumitem package.)
    – Alan Munn
    Jan 29, 2011 at 19:45
  • @ Alan Munn -- Sorry! I'm still new to this. I'll add my code in my question above.
    – Miriam
    Jan 29, 2011 at 20:06
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    @Halime, rather than the actual text, you should try to make a small, complete document that shows what your problem is. The example should be a full document (compilable), like the one I posted in my answer to you. (Does that solve your problem, anyway?)
    – Alan Munn
    Jan 29, 2011 at 20:23
  • @Halime Also, the backtick delimeter is for short pieces of code inside regular text; to format a block of code, you can select it and click on the 101010 icon. I fixed this in your question for you.
    – Alan Munn
    Jan 29, 2011 at 20:50
  • @ Alan Munn -- I tried doing that (putting the full document)... I guess that didn't work, but I used what you suggested and that worked perfectly. Thank you very much for your help and for fixing the code it my post!
    – Miriam
    Jan 29, 2011 at 20:50

2 Answers 2


Just embed one enumerate environment in another:

\usepackage{lipsum} % just for some dummy text
\item \lipsum[1]
\item \lipsum[2]
\item \lipsum[3]

Nesting itemize works too.

\item item-1
\item item-2
\item item-2-1
\item item-2-2
\item item-3

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