Published May 6, 2021Updated Dec 21, 2022
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Conditionals take an expression, which is code that evaluates to determine a value, and checks if it is true or false. If the expression results in true, the program can be instructed to do one thing — false can even be accounted for to perform another set of instruction(s).

For more complex programs, conditionals allow multiple scenarios to be addressed, making programs more robust.

If Statement

An if statement is used to test an expression for truth.

If the condition evaluates to true, then the code within the block is executed; otherwise, it will be skipped.

if (a == 10) {
// Code goes here

Else Clause

An else clause can be added to an if statement:

  • If the condition evaluates to true, code in the if part is executed.
  • If the condition evaluates to false, code in the else part is executed.
if (year == 1991) {
// This runs if it is true
else {
// This runs if it is false

Else If Statement

One or more else if statements can be added in between the if and else to provide additional condition(s) to check.

if (apple > 8) {
// Some code here
else if (apple > 6) {
// Some code here
else {
// Some code here

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Switch Statement

A switch statement provides a means of checking an expression against various cases. If there is a match, the code within starts to execute. The break keyword can be used to terminate a case.

default is executed when no case matches.

switch (grade) {
case 9:
std::cout << "Freshman\n";
case 10:
std::cout << "Sophomore\n";
case 11:
std::cout << "Junior\n";
case 12:
std::cout << "Senior\n";
std::cout << "Invalid\n";

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