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    Sorry if this has been posted before, but...

    I'm a C newbie and I can't figure out how to have the user be able to type in a long word instead of a limit to 4 characters; for example:

    char a;

    cin>>a;
    if (a=='alongword')
    {
    do stuff
    }

    What's the easiest way to do this?

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    char a;

    A 'char' is a single character. As such, your program should only be acceptign a single character. What you need is an array.

    char a[NUMBER];

    Replace number with the number of characters you want them to be able to enter, then add one to that number.

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    And read a little more bout the cin. There's also cin.getline
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    char a;
    cout << "enter a single char" << endl;
    if(a == 'i')
    cout << "you entered the character i" << endl;

    char buffer[80];
    cout << "enter a single word up to 79 char long" << endl;
    //if(buffer == 'alongword') won't work because alongword is a string of char and should be so indicated by using "" not ' '. Also can't use the equality operator on strings, have to use strcmp(), or one of it's relatives.

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    Use <cstring> header file to manipulate strings. It's got a lot of good functions.
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