DRAFT

# StringRepetitionOperator

Misconception:

In Java, the multiplication operator can be used to multiply a String by a number. The result of such an expression is a new String that corresponds to the given String repeated the given number of times.

Incorrect

The multiplication operator can repeat a String a number of times

Correct

The multiplication operator does not accept a String and a number

## CorrectionHere is what's right.

Here is what's right.

Java’s multiplication operator only works for numbers. It does not support the repetition of Strings. To repeat a String a given number of times, one can use a loop.

## OriginWhere could this misconception come from?

Where could this misconception come from?

If students previously learned Python, they may inappropriately transfer this idea from Python (where such an operator exists) to Java.

### Language

Java