Pascal - Basic Syntax


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You have seen a basic structure of pascal program, so it will be easy to understand other basic building blocks of the pascal programming language.


1. Variables

A variable definitions are put in a block beginning with a var keyword, followed by definitions of the variables as follows:

A_Variable, B_Variable ...:Variable_Type;

Pascal variables are declared outside the code-body of the function which means they are not declared within the begin and end pairs, but they are declared after the definition of the procedure/function and before the begin keyword. For global variables, they are defined after the program header.


2. Functions/Procedures

In pascal a procedure is set of instructions to be executed, with no return value and a function is a procedure with a return value. The definition of function/procedures will be as follows:




The multiline comments are enclosed within curly brackets and asterisks as {* ... *}. Pascal allows single line comment enclosed within curly brackets { ... }.

{This is a multi-line comments
   and it will span multiple lines.}
//This is a single line comment in pascal


4. Case Sensitivity

Pascal is a case nonsensitive language which mean you can write your variables, functions and procedure in either case. Like variables A_Variable, a_variable and A_VARIABLE have same meaning in Pascal.


5. Pascal Statements

Pascal programs are made of statements. Each statement specifies a definite job of the program. These jobs could be declaration, assignment, reading data, writing data, taking logical decisions, transferring program flow control, etc.

For example:

readln (a, b, c);
s :=(a + b + c)/2.0;
area := sqrt(s *(s - a)*(s-b)*(s-c));


6. Reserved Words in Pascal

The statements in Pascal are designed with some specific Pascal words, which are called the reserved words. For example, the words, program, input, output, var, real, begin, readline, writeline and end are all reserved words. Following is a list of reserved words available in Pascal.

and array begin case const
div do downto else end
file for function goto if
in label mod nil not
of or packed procedure program
record repeat set then to
type until var while with


7. Character set and Identifiers in Pascal

The Pascal character set consists of:

  • All upper case letters (A-Z)
  • All lower case letters (a-z)
  • All digits (0-9)
  • Special symbols - + * / := , . ;. () [] = {} ` white space

The entities in a Pascal program like variables and constants, types, functions, procedures and records etc. has a name or identifier. An identifier is a sequence of letter and digits, beginning with a letter. Special symbols and blanks must not be used in an identifier.