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Thread: Illegal start of expression? // begginer

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    Default Illegal start of expression? // begginer

    Good day

    I can't figure out why the complier is giving the following error message "illegal start of expression" once it reach the countSpaces method.
    The way I see it (and I am obviously seeing it wrong), the code is public since why not, int since it returns an int # and the method has return int in it, and static I am not too sure but I get the same error message whether or not it is included

    Any indications of why this is occuring would be appreciated!

    Thanks

    Chris

       public static void main (String args[]) {
     
            Scanner in = new Scanner(System.in);
            String sentence;
     
            System.out.println("type a sentence");
            sentence = in.nextLine();
             countSpaces (sentence);
     
            public static int countSpaces (String test) {
                int counter  = 0;
                for (int i=0 ; i < test.length() ; i++) {
                    if (test.charAt(i) ==(' ')) {
                        counter++;
                    }
                } 
                return counter;
            }
        }
    Last edited by Christian_Doucet; July 26th, 2014 at 09:50 AM.


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    Default Re: Illegal start of expression? // begginer

    The main is in itself a method, and you cannot have methods inside methods. You just need to reorganize your brackets:
    public static void main (String args[]) {
     
            Scanner in = new Scanner(System.in);
            String sentence;
     
            System.out.println("type a sentence");
            sentence = in.nextLine();
             countSpaces (sentence);
            }
            public static int countSpaces (String test) {
                int counter  = 0;
                for (int i=0 ; i < test.length() ; i++) {
                    if (test.charAt(i) ==(' ')) {
                        counter++;
                    }
                } 
                return counter;
            }
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    Default Re: Illegal start of expression? // begginer

    Cool, thanks for the help!

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