Ans: It will print 10 My question is that the if statement satisfies in the 2 checking loop itself.first c=0; i=0,j=0,k=0;--->c=1 i=0,j=0,k=1;---> c=2 here itself k>j i.e 1>0 so the value of c must be 2.. please explain where am i wrong? Sonir

If you put println's inside each for loop & one right after c is incremented you will see this result: F:\JavaProgs>javaTest i is: 0 j is: 0 k is: 0 c is: 1 k is: 1 c is: 2 j is: 1 k is: 0 c is: 3 k is: 1 c is: 4 k is: 2 c is: 5 i is: 1 j is: 0 k is: 0 c is: 6 k is: 1 c is: 7 j is: 1 k is: 0 c is: 8 k is: 1 c is: 9 k is: 2 c is: 10 10 If you use this to follow the loops thru I think you will get it.....you have to remember that when you break out of a loop to another loop the inner loop variable will be re-initialized when it is hit again. Look at the code & these results & try writing it down in a small chart.....I thikn this will help you see whats up. [ January 13, 2002: Message edited by: DC Dalton ]