I'm learning C# now. Is an Int Array, value type or reference type?

I apologize as this is a basic question.

I'd like to know if an Int Array is a value type or a reference type.

I guess programming language doesn't matter, but I use C# now.

Many thanks in advance.
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Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
See "Value Types and Reference Types":

Under "Reference Types":

    "All arrays, even if their elements are value types"

So an int is a value type, but an array of int is a reference type.

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Also, you can tell C# to treat a value as a reference by using the ref keyword.

        private void Example()
            int i = 5;
            int j = i; // i is still 5 at this point
            ChangeRef(ref i);
            int k = i; // now i is 6

        private void ChangeValue(int i)
            i = 6;

        private void ChangeRef(ref int i)
            i = 6;
käµfm³d 👽Commented:
Also, you can tell C# to treat a value as a reference by using the ref keyword.
That's a tad misleading because the same can be said of out  = )
progloverAuthor Commented:
Thanks so much for the replies, Idle_Mind, MajorBigDeal and kaufmed.

I highly appreciate your time..
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