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# difference between ++i and i++

What is the difference between ++i and i++ ?

Hi

i++ is a postfix, it will first use (or return) the original value of i and then increment the value of i afterwards. In this example j will be set to the starting value of i, and then i will increment by 1.

```> i = 10;
10
> j = i++;
10
> i
11
> j
10
```

++i is a prefix, it will increment the value of i first , and then use (or return) the incremented value. In this example i will first increment by 1 and then j will be set equal to this new value of i.

```> i = 10;
10
> j = ++i;
11
> i
11
> j
11
```

I am a bit confused by the first example, wont i++ assign the value to j ? so the idea is j = i++, (j = i at this point), and then increment i, so i + 1 while nothing changes to j.