# Basic Algorithm Scripting - Truncate a String

At least my code works as long as the number <= string.length.
For exceeding numbers (num > string.length) the console shows the string + undefined.
So… what can i do ?
Have seen the given solutions of this exercise , but i have to follow my own thoughts.

``````function truncateString(str, num) {
let newStatement = "";
for (let i=0; i<=num; i++) {
if (i!==num) {newStatement+=str[i]}
else (newStatement+="...");
console.log(newStatement)}
return newStatement;
}

truncateString("A-tisket a-tasket A green and yellow basket", 8);
``````

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Challenge: Basic Algorithm Scripting - Truncate a String

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so you made a loop to handle the case when the num is <= str.length which is great.
Now you just need to add some code to _____ the loop and do something else in the case num > str.length.

My hint is to do with ‘conditionals’.

Thank you (:

``````function truncateString(str, num) {
let newStatement = "";
for (let i=0; i<=num; i++) {
if (i!==num) {newStatement+=str[i]}
else (newStatement+="...");
console.log(newStatement)}
console.log(str)
return num>=str.length ? str : newStatement;
}

truncateString("A-tisket a-tasket A green and yellow basket", 8);
``````

Can’t compare this construction with those beautiful codes in the soutions, but it works anyway

my 2 cents, could you have done the conditional earlier in order to “skip” the loop (that’s the blanked out word I had in my previous response).

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