How to use break and continue in python

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by shivanisanju03 dot icon Updated: May 9, 2023

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Using loops in Python automates and repeats tasks efficiently. But sometimes, you want to exit the loop entirely, skip an iteration, or ignore this condition. We can do it by using loop control commands. Loop control statements change execution from the normal sequence. When execution leaves the scope, we can create and destroy any automatic objects. Python supports the following control commands:  

  • Break  
  • Continue  

Loop control interrupts the execution flow and ends an iteration per our needs. We can use the Python break and continue inside a loop to change the flow from the standard procedure.  

We can use the Python break statement inside both whiles and for loops. It is also a loop control statement. It terminates the loop immediately. Then it transfers execution to the new statement after the loop. Instead of terminating the loop like a break statement, it proceeds to the next execution. In contrast, the continue statement causes the loop to skip its execution. Then we have to move on to the next iteration from the first iteration.  

The break and continue statements in Python skip parts of the current loop or exit the loop entirely.  

We can use the break statement when you exit a for or while loop and move on to the next part of your code.  

We can use the continue statement when you need to skip the current iteration. We can do it for a for or while loop and go to the next iteration.  

In this kit, we will see using a break and continue. We can use the break and continue to alter the flow of a normal loop. Loops iterate over a code block until the test expression fails or becomes false. Sometimes we end the iteration or the whole loop without finding the test expression. In that case, we use a break and continue statement. The break statement terminates the loop, which has the break statement. The break statement will end the innermost loop if used inside the nested loop. The continue statement in Python returns the control to the beginning of the while loop. It ignores all the remaining statements and returns to the top of the loop.  

Please check the below code on how to use a break and continue in Python.  

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  1. The solution is created in PyCharm 2022.3.3 (Community Edition)
  2. The solution is tested on Python 3.11.1.

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1. What is the Python break statement? What purpose does it serve?  

We can use the break statement to break the control out of a loop when we trigger some external condition. We can place the break statement in the loop's body (generally after the if condition). Terminates the current loop, i.e., the loop in which it occurs. It resumes execution on the next statement immediately after that loop ends.  


2. How do loop control statements work in Learn Python?  

We can use the loop control statements to change the flow of execution. We can use it if you want to skip an iteration or stop execution. Python's three loops are the break, they continue, and the pass statement.  


3. Using the continue statement, how can one skip the remaining iterations in a loop?  

We can use the continue statements to continue in a loop. But want to keep the remaining statement after the continued statement. We can use the continue statement to skip a loop's present iteration. We can use the continue statement inside any loop, such as for, while, and do-while loops. 



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