C Keywords

  • Keywords are the reserved words in C.
  • The meaning and working of these keywords are already known to the compiler.
  • Each keyword has a specific feature.
  • We can not change the meaning of the keyword.
  • Keywords are used to perform an internal operation.
  • Identifier can be same as keywords.
  • Keywords are case-sensitive and always written in small case letter.
  • In C Keywords are also called as Reserved words.

There are total 32 keywords in C. The list of these 32 reserved keywords is given below:

auto break case char
const continue default do
double else enum extern
float for goto if
int long register return
short signed sizeof static
struct switch typedef union
unsigned void volatile while

Basic use of keyword-

  • int, float, char, double, long, short These are the data types. Each data type has a different meaning.
  • if, else, switch, case, default These are the types of control statements.
  • for, while, do These are the types of loops.
  • return –  used for returning a value.
  • void – One of the return type.
  • auto, extern, const, extern, register, signed, unsigned – These are used to defines variables.
  • break, continue This keyword is used with a loop.
  • goto – Used for redirecting the flow of execution.
  • enum – It is a data type which contains set of constants.
  • sizeof sizeof keyword is used to know the size.
  • struct, typeof –  keywords used in the structure.
  • union – It is a collation of variables.

In further posts, you will understand each keyword in detail and also will know how to use.

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