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List<String> someList = new ArrayList<String>();

// add "Lion", "Cow", "key" to someList

for (String item : someList) 


What would the equivalent for loop look like without using the for each syntax?

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for (Iterator<String> i = someIterable.iterator(); i.hasNext();) 


    String item =;



Note that if you require to use i.remove(); in your loop, or access the actual iterator in some way, you cannot use the for ( : ) idiom, since the actual iterator is merely inferred.

The code above works for any object that implements the Iterable interface.

Also, if the right-hand side of the for ( : ) expression is an array rather than an Iterable element, the internal code practices an int index counter and checks on array.length instead. See this to know more.

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