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Treehouse offers a seven day free trial for new students. Get access to thousands of hours of content and join thousands of Treehouse students and alumni in the community today. # 23 % 3 the answer 2 cant understand The modular operator (%) is similar to the division operator (/); however, modulus returns the remainder after dividing the given numbers.

For example, `4 mod 2` is `0`, because 2 divides evenly into 4 and there is no remainder. Also, `5 mod 2` returns `1,` because 5 divided by 2 is 2 with a remainder of 1.

So yes, `23 % 3` is `2`, because 23 divided by 3 is 7 with a remainder of 2.

P.S. If you were looking to get the answer of 7, Python features the real floor division operator (//) -> `23 // 3 == 7` The modulo (`%`) operator is like a 'remainder' operator. If you divide 23 by 3 you get 7 remainder 2. Similarly 12 divided by 7 is 1 remainder 5, thus `12 % 7 == 5`.