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Repeat Until loop

A repeat until loop will keep repeating until a condition is met.

This is known as a post-conditioned loop because the program checks if the condition has been met after the code in the loop runs. This means that the loop will always run at least once.

It is also an example of indefinite iteration because the loop could carry on forever if the condition is never met.

This example program keeps asking the user "Are we nearly there yet?" until they say "yes"

REPEAT SEND "Are we nearly there yet?" TO DISPLAY RECEIVE nearly_there FROM (STRING) KEYBOARD UNTIL nearly_there = "yes"
Do nearly_there = InputBox("Are we nearly there yet?") Loop Until nearly_there = "yes"
# there is no post-conditioned loop in python # but this works in the same way while True: nearly_there = input("Are we nearly there yet?") if nearly_there == "yes": break
do nearly_there = input("Are we nearly there yet?") until nearly_there == "yes"
{ user input is not specified in eduqas pseudocode reference } nearlythere is string repeat output "Are we nearly there yet?" nearlythere = input until nearlythere == "yes"