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# What's the difference between if and elif?

I don't quite get why we needed elif for the demo in this video. What is the utility of using elif instead of multiple if statements?

MOD

Hey nicolaspeterson, good question.

The advantage of an `if` followed by `elif` as opposed to two `if` statements is that the `elif` (and any subsequent `else` code blocks) are only executed if the first `if` condition evaluates as `FALSE`.

Logically the `elif` can assume the previous `if` (and previous `elif`) statements have evaluated falsely.

One example is the classic FizzBuzz solution:

```div3 = num % 3 == 0
div5 = num % 5 == 0
if div3 and div5:
print(f”{num} is FIZZBUZZ!”)
elif div3:
print(f”{num} is FIZZ”)
elif div5:
print(f”{num} is BUZZ!”)
else:
print(f”{num} is {num}!”)
```

if the above simply used all `if` statements, multiple strings would print when a number is divisible by 15.

Post back if you need more help. Good luck!!!