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Question: void main()
float a= 0.7;
if (a < 0.7)
Output of the above program is c. Why? Whereas the same program with 0.8 instead of 0.7 gives c++ as the output? Why explain?

Answer: If you give value greater than .7 then it will go 2 the else part because .8 is not less than .7

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Question: void main()
float a= 0.7;
if (a < 0.7)
Output of the above program is c. Why? Whereas the same program with 0.8 instead of 0.7 gives c++ as the output? Why explain?


If you give value greater than .7 then it will go 2 the else part because .8 is not less than .7 Source:

Answered by: neha | Date: 12/25/2007 | Contact neha Contact neha

this is because of rounding the value of variable a.
a=0.7 is rounded to
and the constant 0.7 is as
so a<0.7 ii true so it print "c"
but in case of 0.8
a=0.800000011 and
constant 0.8 is 0.8000000000000000 Source:

Answered by: Mdhav Reddy. N | Date: 12/28/2007 | Contact Mdhav Reddy. N Contact Mdhav Reddy. N

because for floating point numbers 0.7 does not really means 0.7 but it is 0.699999999 so it happens Source:

Answered by: Manish Jain | Date: 12/28/2007 | Contact Manish Jain Contact Manish Jain

Here 0.7 is represented using considering it as double.Hence is the result.

To have the Desired result say..

if(a<0.7f) //Note : 'f'
} Source:

Answered by: vinay H.M | Date: 1/3/2008 | Contact vinay H.M Contact vinay H.M

if(a<0.7) condition is evaluated as false(0) by the compiler. so the output of program is 'c'.

whereas for 0.8 instead of 0.7, the condition is evaluated as true(1) so the output of the program is 'c++'. Source:

Answered by: Kinjal Patel | Date: 1/3/2008 | Contact Kinjal Patel Contact Kinjal Patel

the value 0.7 will be stored in variable a as 6.99999 which is less than 0.7 Source:

Answered by: SHINOY M S | Date: 1/3/2008 | Contact SHINOY M S Contact SHINOY M S

In c any real number is treated as double.
So, when you compare 'a' with 0.7, complier is comparing float number with a double which results into printing - C.
To tell the compiler that you want to compare 'a' with float 0.7 you can change the program as follows:
void main()
float a = 0.7;
if(a <0.7f)

Answered by: rashmi bhatt | Date: 1/4/2008 | Contact rashmi bhatt Contact rashmi bhatt

Answer is C
since a is float.and 0.7 is double
when it compare a(float)<0.7(double)
means double is greater than float
so it is true . Source:

Answered by: Bipin | Date: 1/4/2008 | Contact Bipin Contact Bipin

A float number is always less than a double variable.Because 0.7 is by default a double variable. Source:

Answered by: Umakanta Mahanta | Date: 1/6/2008 | Contact Umakanta Mahanta Contact Umakanta Mahanta

This depends on the storage of a float value. The decimal values will be stored in binary form (....,2^3,2^2,2^1,2^0,.,2^-1,2^-2,2^-3,...)

So, when 0.7 is stored in multiples of 2 as .101b(which is not 0.7 but 0.699999988).Hence its value will be less than 0.7.

When the value of 0.8 is stored, it is stored as .111b(which is greater than 0.8 nearly 0.800000012).

Hence the same program with 0.8 gives C++ whereas 0.7 gives c as the output.

If someone thinks, if odd numbers will be print C, then it is wrong. Because for 0.5 there is an exact match in binary i.e .1b.So it will print C++.

NOTE: here 'b' refers to binary


Answered by: Syed Baseer Ahmed | Date: 1/7/2008 | Contact Syed Baseer Ahmed Contact Syed Baseer Ahmed

All floating values like 0.1 or 0.7 r treated as double values a is float value and 0.7 is double value therefore double has more precisions than float.In comparison operation it checks each precision values. as all precision values are not equals it will go in else part and print c++. Source:

Answered by: shilpa | Date: 1/10/2008 | Contact shilpa Contact shilpa

floating point number can't be compared directly. So in order to compare the numbers we need to find the absolute value of the floating point (i.e precision) and then compare the number. Source:

Answered by: chini | Date: 1/12/2008 | Contact chini Contact chini

As the value of a is given as 0.7 the condition in if block is a<0.7 as it makes sense that 0.7=0.7 if block satisfies the it prints c.

Answered by: naresh | Date: 1/13/2008 | Contact naresh Contact naresh

By default, the compiler takes value of 0.7 in the line " if (a < 0.7)" as double and that of a is float. Hence the difference. But for 0.8, the value of double and float are the same. Source:

Answered by: gavid | Date: 1/19/2008 | Contact gavid Contact gavid

This would give an error. As there should be a bracket after if and after else block ends. Source:

Answered by: Sanchay | Date: 1/25/2008 | Contact Sanchay Contact Sanchay

The float value always takes some value like 0.6999 which is less than 7. Hence c gets printed.
To get an exact 7, use double. Source:

Answered by: saurabh maur | Date: 1/27/2008 | Contact saurabh maur Contact saurabh maur

Output will be c++ because compiler takes 0.7 as the double.Thats why answer will be c++. Source:

Answered by: sudhanshu | Date: 2/1/2008 | Contact sudhanshu Contact sudhanshu

In C, floating point constant is stored as a long double,because of precision considerations.That's why,in 'a',instead of 0.7,0.666698 gets stored.Hence the answer....while comparing,do:
while(a<(float)0.7) Source:

Answered by: Sagar Natekar | Date: 2/10/2008 | Contact Sagar Natekar Contact Sagar Natekar

This one i.e "a" will be treated as .699999 by the compiler not .7
Similarly .8 will be treated as .799999 by the compiler. Source:

Answered by: RANJAN SARKAR | Date: 2/15/2008 | Contact RANJAN SARKAR Contact RANJAN SARKAR

Whenever we use the floating point number then that floating point number is stored in to memory into the 32 bit (IEEE)(754) format that means in (sign, exponent, mantissa ).
if you will convert the 0.7 then the mantissa value will be that it will print output "C".

Answered by: Ravi | Date: 3/18/2008 | Contact Ravi Contact Ravi

we have problems with decimal to binary conversions for .7. it cannot b expressed correctly in finite binary. it is always rounded of to .69999999 for that .
howver .8 is exact in binary too Source:

Answered by: Sarathi | Date: 5/7/2008 | Contact Sarathi Contact Sarathi

There is a limitation of floating no in c.Variable cant store exact value of float.It stores some of less value.
In this case it store the less than .7 if condition becomes true and answer will be c. Source:

Answered by: neha vora | Date: 5/15/2008 | Contact neha vora Contact neha vora

if u want that your code respond with the correct value then
try this



this is bcoz in condition the value of the .7 is considered as double value you need to b it in float. Source:

Answered by: Anand dave | Date: 7/13/2009 | Contact Anand dave Contact Anand dave

float is not used in if statment Source:

Answered by: VINOD KALKUMBE | Date: 11/10/2009 | Contact VINOD KALKUMBE Contact VINOD KALKUMBE

because whatever we enter in the quotation mark in the printf statement will appear exactly same as it is written in the program... Source:

Answered by: Krittika Chatterjee | Date: 5/19/2010 | Contact Krittika Chatterjee Contact Krittika Chatterjee

reason is , when 0.7 stored in a , due to precision considerations it is stored as something less than 0.7. naturally , when value stored in a is compared with 0.7 the condition evauates to true and 'c'gets printed
this problem has two solutions
a)declare a as a long double as -
long double a;
b)typecast 0.7 to a float while comparing -

Answered by: Smriti | Date: 6/22/2010 | Contact Smriti Contact Smriti

in this pgm a is treated as 0.699999
so the result is c. Source:

Answered by: santosh | Date: 8/20/2010 | Contact santosh Contact santosh

floating point constant is nothing but double so double is always greater than float hence condition is true the output is "c" Source:

Answered by: ramesh b penchala | Date: 8/23/2010 | Contact ramesh b penchala Contact ramesh b penchala

becouse it stored as 0.69999. but if you write it as (float)0.7 the it will print c++ Source:

Answered by: karam | Date: 8/23/2010 | Contact karam Contact karam

if u want that your code respond with the correct value then
try this



this is bcoz if condition Source:

Answered by: ricky | Date: 9/10/2010 | Contact ricky Contact ricky

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