FAQ: Conditional Statements - The if keyword


This community-built FAQ covers the “The if keyword” exercise from the lesson “Conditional Statements”.

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Introduction To JavaScript

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Why is no semicolon used at the end of the if-statement?


The statement " if (sale=true) " outputs the same result as the statement " if (sale) " yet the exercise marks this as incorrect, saying that the statement assigns sale the value of true. Is this just a matter of making the code more concise?


I believe the semicolon would only be needed at the end of each line of code within the curly brackets.


I found this explanation:

Your Guide to Semicolons in JavaScript


Yeah, I saw this too. The directions didn’t even introduce the comparison operators yet, but I got the message at the bottom of the console saying that I should use a comparison operator instead of =, because that is assigning a value.


Does this mean that if statements default to true?