Difference Between break and continue in C

In this tutorial you will learn about difference between break and continue in C.

The break statement is used in switch or loops and continue statement is used only in loops. When break statement is encountered it immediately stops the switch or loop execution. When continue statement is encountered, all the statements next to it are skipped and the loop control goes to next iteration. Generally we use break and continue with some condition.

Below I have shared difference between break and continue statements along with an example in C.

Difference Between break and continue in C

Difference Between break a5knd continue in C

S.No. break continue
1. break statement is used in switch and loops. continue statement is used in loops only.
2. When break is encountered the switch or loop execution is immediately stopped. When continue is encountered, the statements after it are skipped and the loop control jump to next iteration.
3. Example:

#include<stdio.h>

int main(){

                int i;

                for(i=0;i<5;++i){

                                if(i==3)

                                                break;

                                printf(“%d “,i);

                }

                return 0;

}

 

Output:

0 1 2

Example:

#include<stdio.h>

int main(){

                int i;

                for(i=0;i<5;++i){

                                if(i==3)

                                                continue;

                                printf(“%d “,i);

                }

                return 0;

}

 

Output:

0 1 2 4

 

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