Wei-Cheng Liu Wei-Cheng Liu - 4 months ago 50
C++ Question

error: expected primary-expression before 'int'

I am a beginner of C++. I am reading a book about C++. I use g++ to compile the following program, which is an example in the book:

/*modified fig1-1.cpp*/
#include <iostream>
using namespace std;
int main()
cout << "\n Enter an integer";
cin >> (int i);
cout << "\n Enter a character";
cin >> (char c);
return 0;

Then I get the following error messages:

fig1-2.cpp: In function 'int main()':
fig1-2.cpp:7:10: error: expected primary-expression before 'int'
cin >> (int i);
fig1-2.cpp:7:10: error: expected ')' before 'int'
fig1-2.cpp:9:10: error: expected primary-expression before 'char'
cin >> (char c);
fig1-2.cpp:9:10: error: expected ')' before 'char'

Could anyone please tell me what happend? Thank you very much in advance.


int i is the syntax for a declaration. It may not appear inside an expression, which should follow cin >>.

First declare your variable and then use it:

int i;
cin >> i;

The same for char c:

chat c;
cin >> c;

And I heavily doubt that this is an example in a book teaching C++. It is blatantly wrong syntax. If it really is in the book as a supposedly working example (i.e. not to explain the error), then you should get a different book.