# Python Ternary Operator

Summary: in this tutorial, you’ll learn about the Python ternary operator and how to use it to make your code more concise.

## Introduction to Python Ternary Operator

The following program prompts you for your age and determines the ticket price based on it:

`age = input('Enter your age:')if int(age) >= 18: ticket_price = 20 else: ticket_price = 5`

`print(f"The ticket price is {ticket_price}")`

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Here is the the output when you enter 18:

`Enter your age:18 The ticket price is \$20`

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In this example, the following `if...else` statement assigns 20 to the `ticket_price` if the `age` is greater than or equal to 18. Otherwise, it assigns the `ticket_price` 5:

`if int(age) >= 18: ticket_price = 20 else: ticket_price = 5`

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To make it more concise, you can use an alternative syntax like this:

`ticket_price = 20 if int(age) >= 18 else 5`

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In this statement, the left side of the assignment operator (`=`) is the variable `ticket_price`.

The expression on the right side returns 20 if the `age` is greater than or equal to `18` or `5` otherwise.

The following syntax is called a ternary operator in Python:

`value_if_true if condition else value_if_false`

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The ternary operator evaluates the `condition`. If the result is `True`, it returns the `value_if_true`. Otherwise, it returns the `value_if_false`.

The ternary operator is equivalent to the following `if...else` statement:

`if condition: value_if_true else: value_if_true`

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Note that you have been programming languages such as C# or Java, you’re familiar with the following ternary operator syntax:

`condition ? value_if_true : value_if_false`

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However, Python doesn’t support this ternary operator syntax.

The following program uses the ternary operator instead of the `if` statement:

`age = input('Enter your age:')ticket_price = 20 if int(age) >= 18 else 5`

`print(f"The ticket price is {ticket_price}")`

Code language: Python (python)

## Summary

• The Python ternary operator is `value_if_true if condition else value_if_false`.
• Use the ternary operator to make your code more concise.