Language construct

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In computer programming, a language construct is a syntactically allowable part of a program that may be formed from one or more lexical tokens in accordance with the rules of the programming language.[1] The term "language construct" is often used as a synonym for control structure.

Control flow statements (such as conditionals, foreach loops, while loops, etc) are language constructs, not functions. So while (true) is a language construct, while add(10) is a function call.

Examples of language constructs[edit]

In PHP print is a language construct.[2]

print 'Hello world';

is the same as:

print('Hello world');

In Java a class is written in this format:

public class MyClass {
    //Code . . . . . .

In C++ a class is written in this format:

class MyCPlusPlusClass {
    //Code . . . .


  1. ^ "ISO/IEC 2382, Information technology — Vocabulary".
  2. ^ "PHP: print - Manual". Retrieved 2022-11-18.