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An if-then statement can be followed by an optional else statement, which executes when the Boolean expression is false.

 

1. Syntax:

Syntax for the if-then-else statement is:

if condition then S1 else S2;
 

Where, S1 and S2 are different statements. Please note that the statement S1 is not followed by a semicolon. In the if-then-else statements, when the test condition is true, the statement S1 is executed and S2 is skipped; when the test condition is false, then S1 is bypassed and statement S2 is executed.

For example,

if color = red then
   writeln('You have chosen a red car')else
   writeln('Please choose a color for your car');
 

If the boolean expression condition evaluates to true then the if-then block of code will be executed otherwise the else block of code will be executed.

Pascal assumes any non-zero and non-nill values as true and if it is either zero or nill then it is assumed as false value.

 

2. Flow Diagram:

if else statement

 

3. Example 1:

Let us try a complete example that would illustrate the concept:

program ifelseChecking;
 var
   {local variable definition }
   a : integer;
begin
   a :=100;
   (* check the boolean condition *)
   if( a 20)then
      (*if condition istruethenprint the following *)
      writeln('a is less than 20')
   else
      (*if condition isfalsethenprint th following *) 
       writeln('a is not less than 20');
   writeln('value of a is : ', a);
end.
 

When the above code is compiled and executed, it produces following result:

a is not less than 20
value of a is : 100

 

4. The if-then-else if-then-else Statement

An if-then statement can be followed by an optional else if-then-else statement, which is very useful to test various conditions using single if-then-else if statement.

When using if-then , else if-then , else statements there are few points to keep in mind.

  • An if-then statement can have zero or one else's and it must come after any else if's.
  • An if-then statement can have zero to many else if's and they must come before the else.
  • Once an else if succeeds, none of the remaining else if's or else's will be tested.
  • No semicolon (;) is given before the last else keyword, but all statements can be compound statements.

 

5. Syntax:

The syntax of an if-then-else if-then-else statement in Pascal programming language is:

if(boolean_expression 1)then 
   S1 (*Executeswhen the boolean expression 1istrue*)elseif( boolean_expression 2)then 
   S2 (*Executeswhen the boolean expression 2istrue*)elseif( boolean_expression 3)then 
   S3 (*Executeswhen the boolean expression 3istrue*)else 
   S4;(* executes when the none of the above condition istrue*)
 

 

6. Example 2:

The following example illustrates the concept:

program ifelse_ifelseChecking;
var
   {local variable definition }
   a : integer;
begin
   a :=100;
  (* check the boolean condition *)
   if(a =10)  then
      (*if condition istruethenprint the following *)
      writeln('Value of a is 10')
   elseif( a =20)then
      (*ifelseif condition istrue*)
      writeln('Value of a is 20')
   elseif( a =30)then 
      (*ifelseif condition istrue  *)
      writeln('Value of a is 30')
   else
      (*if none of the conditions istrue*)
      writeln('None of the values is matching');
    writeln('Exact value of a is: ', a );
end.
 

When the above code is compiled and executed, it produces following result:

None of the values is matching
Exact value of a is: 100