FAQ: Conditionals - Ternary Conditional Operator

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Why do I need to write the following answer

windy ? print(“Sails up”) : print(“Motor on”)

and not

print(windy ? “Sails up” : “Motor on”)


Just a decision by the exercise maker, I suppose - your second version is a better example of when and how to use a ternary operator though, in my opinion.

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It says use sparingly as it can be hard to read. I am curious on when it would be hard to read and when it would be more acceptable to use? If not on personal preference.

I have completed the question on Swift learning with the below code:

var windy = true

if windy {

print(“Sails up”)

} else {

print(“Motor on”)


// Write your code below :sailboat:

windy ? print(“Sails up”) : print(“Motor on”)

I press run, terminal prints correct data but the site doesn’t allow me to move on?