## Can IF and ELSE be nested?

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### Can IF and ELSE be nested?

I see in the help file that IF statements can be nested, but is it possible to next IF/ELSE statements?

For example, in the program below, I would expect to see the message "else1", since 'condition1' equals 0.
Instead I see "else2", which tells me that the program jumped to the first ELSE statement, not the second one.
I confirmed this by stepping through the code. Also, the program ended with an error.
The full output from the serial monitor is below the program listing.

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``````condition1 = 0
condition2 = 0

if condition1
print "if1"
if condition2
print "if2"
else
print "else2"
endif
else
print "else1"
endif``````

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``````Program Running
Program paused at line 2
Program paused at line 3
Program paused at line 4
Program paused at line 9
else2
Program paused at line 10
Program paused at line 11
Program paused at line 13
ENDIF without IF line 13
Program Ended``````
If 'condition1' is set to 1 instead of 0, the program works as expected and ends without an error; serial monitor output below:

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``````Program Running
Program paused at line 2
Program paused at line 3
Program paused at line 4
Program paused at line 5
if1
Program paused at line 6
Program paused at line 9
else2
Program paused at line 10
Program paused at line 11
Program paused at line 13
Program Ended``````
Is there a way to make this program work correctly regardless of the values of the variables?

EDIT: I just determined that using THEN after the two IF statements makes the program work correctly (listings below).
This sounds like a good reason NOT to consider the THEN statement optional.

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``````condition1 = 0
condition2 = 0

if condition1 then
print "if1"
if condition2 then
print "if2"
else
print "else2"
endif
else
print "else1"
endif``````

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``````Program Running
Program paused at line 2
Program paused at line 3
Program paused at line 4
Program paused at line 12
else1
Program paused at line 13
Program Ended``````
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### Re: Can IF and ELSE be nested?

[Local Link Removed for Guests] wrote: [Local Link Removed for Guests]Tue Jul 13, 2021 12:33 am EDIT: I just determined that using THEN after the two IF statements makes the program work correctly (listings below).
This sounds like a good reason NOT to consider the THEN statement optional.
Yes, the THEN should always be used.
it can be considered optional only on single line IF like

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``if a = b print "equal" else print "different"``