[Tex/LaTex] Split-like environment inside cases environment

amsmathcasesenvironmentshorizontal alignmentmultline

I'd like to have a cases environment with some cases that are too long to fit on one line. I tried this:

    long expression \\ second line of long expression
  \end{split} & condition \\

but I get the warning

Package amsmath Warning: Cannot use 'split' here;
trying to recover with 'aligned' on input line 201.

It automatically replaces the split with an aligned environment, which looks like this:

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Is there any way to get these long expressions to behave like they were in split or multline environments, with the top line flush left and the next line indented a little?

Best Answer

Well, I'd follow amsmath's suggestion to use aligned instead of split:


  \text{left hand side} =
       & \text{a very long expression} \\
       & + \text{that continues on the next line}
    \end{aligned}           & \text{1st condition} \\%[1ex]
    \text{short expression} & \text{2nd condition}

Does this yield the output you want? (Note that the \! in front of aligned is needed since that environment adds a \, we have to cancel out.)

EDIT: If you want to achieve alignment and spacing as Niel suggests (@Niel: I would want that; good catch), then just remove the two % in the code.