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Assume that $a[4]$ is a one-dimensional array of $4$ elements, $p$ is a pointer variable and $p = a$ is performed. Now, which among these expressions is illegal?

- $p == a[0]$
- $p == \&a[0]$
- $^*p == a[0]$
- $p[0] == a[0]$

@aarati

Yes, you are correct .

here p is a pointer variable like int *p and p = a is performed.

p holds the address of a[0], and a[0] would hold the contents at the location.

For option A)

p == a[0] is illegal as p is a pointer variable and holds an address .and a[0] represents the 1st element of array.

so option A is illegal.

For option B and C , both are legal , correct comparison is p == &a[0], since &a[0] would yield a pointer that points to first element of 'a'.

And *p pointing the value holds by a[0] .

For option D) it is also legal.

p[0] == a[0] is correct and true since in this case both the expressions p[0] and a[0] yield the content of the first element of array a.

Yes, you are correct .

here p is a pointer variable like int *p and p = a is performed.

p holds the address of a[0], and a[0] would hold the contents at the location.

For option A)

p == a[0] is illegal as p is a pointer variable and holds an address .and a[0] represents the 1st element of array.

so option A is illegal.

For option B and C , both are legal , correct comparison is p == &a[0], since &a[0] would yield a pointer that points to first element of 'a'.

And *p pointing the value holds by a[0] .

For option D) it is also legal.

p[0] == a[0] is correct and true since in this case both the expressions p[0] and a[0] yield the content of the first element of array a.

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@Bikram sir as it is mentioned in question that

a[4] is a one-dimensional array of 4 elements

it may be the case that this array "**a" **is array of pointers and each element of this is pointing to addresses of differnt elements.Then if suppose a[0] is holding the address of an variable x;

then p==a[0] will be a legal action because both are addresses.

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it may be the case that this array "

a"is array of pointers

@ reena_kandari i don't think we can assume ourself whatever we want,they will specify if it is an array of pointers or atleast they give declaration like int *a[5].

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p is a pointer variable it means int *p;

after that p=a;

- statement 1)p==a[0]

p is holding address and a[0] is holding value how this can be done . // This is illegal

- statement 2)

p==&a[0]

p==&*(a+0)

p==a(both are holding address)

- statement 3) *p ==a[0]

both are holding 1st value of array a .

- statement 4) p[0]==a[0] same as previous

Therefore statement 2,3,4 is right

answer is option A .

@jai ,

yes, you are correct .

int *p;

int a[4];

p = a; // so now value of p is address of first element of the array a .

then we can compare both first element like that p[0] == a[0] // so it is a valid statement

p holds the address of a[0], and a[0] would hold the contents at the location. so p ==a[0] would not possible

as p holds address and a[0] holds value of first element of array , we can not compare them.

yes, you are correct .

int *p;

int a[4];

p = a; // so now value of p is address of first element of the array a .

then we can compare both first element like that p[0] == a[0] // so it is a valid statement

p holds the address of a[0], and a[0] would hold the contents at the location. so p ==a[0] would not possible

as p holds address and a[0] holds value of first element of array , we can not compare them.

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