# Re: Proposed new syntax

```MRAB writes:

> On 2017-08-10 15:28, Steve D'Aprano wrote:```
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>> Every few years, the following syntax comes up for discussion, with
>> some people saying it isn't obvious what it would do, and others
>> disagreeing and saying that it is obvious. So I thought I'd do an
>> informal survey.
>>
>> What would you expect this syntax to return?
>>
>> [x + 1 for x in (0, 1, 2, 999, 3, 4) while x < 5]
>>
>>
>> For comparison, what would you expect this to return? (Without
>> actually trying it, thank you.)
>>
>> [x + 1 for x in (0, 1, 2, 999, 3, 4) if x < 5]
>>
>>
>>
>> How about these?
>>
>> [x + y for x in (0, 1, 2, 999, 3, 4) while x < 5 for y in (100, 200)]
>>
>> [x + y for x in (0, 1, 2, 999, 3, 4) if x < 5 for y in (100, 200)]
>>
>>
>>
>>
> There's a subtlety there.
>
> Initially I would've thought that the 'while' would terminate the
> iteration of the preceding 'for', but then when I thought about how I
> would expand it into multiple lines, I realised that the 'while' would
> have to be expanded to "if x < 5: break", not an inner 'while' loop.

I wonder how such expansions would work in general.

[x + y for x in (0, 1, 2, 999, 3, 4) for y in (100, 200) while x < 5]
[x + y for x in (0, 1, 2, 999, 3, 4) for y in (100, 200) while x < y]
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