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LaTeX won't let me create a macro to \begin{split}

  1. Sep 10, 2009 #1
    So I'm trying to do this:

    \newcommand{\bq}{\begin{equation*}}
    \newcommand{\eq}{\end{equation*}}

    \newcommand{\bsp}{\begin{split}}
    \newcommand{\esp}{\end{split}}

    \bq
    \bsp
    1 & = 1 \\
    2 & = 1 + 1
    \esp
    \eq

    but then LaTeX gives me this error

    Runaway argument?
    1 & = 1 \\ 2 & = 1 + 1 \esp \eq
    ! Paragraph ended before \split was complete.

    What I really want is just one command to do
    \begin{equation*}
    \begin{split}
    and one command to do the corresponding ends.

    Is there any way to do this?

    Note: I've tried using \begin{align*} instead, and I get a similar type of weird error.
     
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