continue statement

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Causes the remaining portion of the enclosing for, while or do-while loop body skipped.

Used when it is otherwise awkward to ignore the remaining portion of the loop using conditional statements.


[edit] Syntax

continue ;

[edit] Explanation

This statement works as a shortcut to the end of the enclosing loop body.

In case of while or do-while loops, the next statement executed is the condition check (cond_expression). In case of for loop, the next statements executed are the iteration expression and condition check (iteration_expression, cond_expression). After that the loop continues as normal.

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[edit] Example

#include <stdio.h>
int main(void) 
    for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++) {
        if (i != 5) continue;
        printf("%d ", i);       //this statement is skipped each time i!=5
    for (int j = 0; j < 2; j++) {
        for (int k = 0; k < 5; k++) { //only this loop is affected by continue
            if (k == 3) continue;
            printf("%d%d ", j, k);    //this statement is skipped each time k==3


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