FAQ: Loops: Lesson - for Loop

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Hello. Could someone explain this in for loops
for (int i = 99; i > 1; i–) when i put ; after i-- it causes error 'expected ‘)’ before ‘;’ token
but when I put for (int i = 99; i > 1;) it works fine.
When do we have to use semicolon within ‘for’ loop braces and when we don’t?


I’m very confused as in why this doesn’t work for the first task.

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The expected output as per the instructions is:

...
3 bottles of pop on the wall.
3 bottles of pop on the wall.
Take one down and pass it around.
2 bottles of pop on the wall.
2 bottles of pop on the wall.
Take one down and pass it around.
1 bottles of pop on the wall.
1 bottles of pop on the wall.
Take one down and pass it around.
0 bottles of pop on the wall.

Your output is:

...
3 bottles of pop on the wall
Take one down and pass it around
2 bottles of pop on the wall
Take one down and pass it around
1 bottles of pop on the wall
Take one down and pass it around
0 bottles of pop on the wall

The issues with your output are:

  • You don’t have periods (full stops) at the end of each sentence. The strings in the instructions do have periods.

  • You only have two print statements inside the while loop. The instructions require three print statements inside the while loop.