do we always surround escape sequences such as \n and \t by quotation marks?

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    do we always surround escape sequences such as \n and \t by quotation marks?

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    Do we always surround escape sequences such as \n and \t by quotation marks? I think this is the case. But I'm almost sure that I've seen \n being used without any quotation marks. Could you please confirm it? Thank you.
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    Perhaps you saw them embedded in a string literal and did not notice the string literal's double quote delimiters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by laserlight View Post
    Perhaps you saw them embedded in a string literal and did not notice the string literal's double quote delimiters.
    Hi laserlight

    That means you are of the opinion that escape sequences are always to be embedded within the quotation marks. But I'm almost sure I have seen the usage of \n without the quotes. I will let you know if I found that usage.
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    An ASCII escape sequence is just a character.

    A character literal, within C++, has the form '!' where the exclamation marks a character.

    A string literal, within C++, has the form "!" where the exclamation marks a sequence of characters.

    It isn't an opinion. It is what is.

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