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using if in a program like the following example.

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System.out.println("\nThere were " + iArgumentCount + " command line " +
((iArgumentCount != 1)? "arguments":"argument") + ".");

This line in an program we are trying to disect (for school). Uses a ? and what looks like an if statement. Can you help explain this to me?

Thank You.

Steve
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Its a ternary statement.

Same as:

String args = null;
if (iArgumentCount != 1)
{
   args = "arguments";
}
else
{
   args = "argument";
}
System.out.println("\nThere were " + iArgumentCount + " command line " + args + ".");
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a = b ? c : d; is shorthand for if ( b ) a = c; else a = d;
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