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Concatenating an `if` statement

Why can't I just add || ("Jerk") instead of noun.equalsIgnoreCase("Jerk") to an existing identical code

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Because that's simply not how the language works. When you use || java will look at the two conditions on either side of it to see if either of them are true, it does not take the command on the left into account when it looks on the right, the conditions are considered entirely independent so chaining conditions is not possible in the way you demonstrate. Each condition needs to be a complete condition that would have been valid if it was used on it's own.

You could certainly argue that such a feature would be useful, but as it stands it's not a feature in the language, and a such it will just result in your code crashing if you attempted to do it.