In short, an “elif” means “else if”.. If you’ve used other programming languages, you’re probalby used to writing else if or elseif , but python contracts that to the single word elif .
The video below, from our middle school cu
rriculum for teaching kids python, explains how to use an elif
If you’re not a video person, here’s the “cliff notes”:
So, when do you use an elif ?
Well, to answer that question, you must first understand when to use an if/else statement.
As you can see in the above picture, an if/else is meant for two distinct cases. In the above example, our penguin either deals with case 1 ( penjee.isFish(right) ) or case 2
Rules for using elif
As the above picture shows, and elif is sandwiched in between the initial if and the final else, and you can have as many elif conditions as you want!
The animation below shows how the order of execution works in an elif .