[Tex/LaTex] paralist: how to format the counter


I use the following code to obtain a listed item


\item first item,
\item second item,
\item last item

I would like to have the counters, in this case: (a), (b), (c) to be formatted in bold (\bfseries). However, only the counter itself and not the surrounding parentheses should be in bold.

obviously the following doesnt work:


So can I achieve what I want without hardcoding the package?

Best Answer

The "right" answer is

\begin{inparaenum}[(\bgroup\bfseries a\egroup)]

Calling \normalfont after a is not really a solution, as this might give a closing parenthesis different from the opening one (if the current font is slanted, for example).