# C++ trick 01

Date:

**2019-03-12**Last modified:**2023-01-12****Table of contents**

```
#include <iostream>
int main() {
int a[3] = {10, 11, 12};
std::cout << 2 [a] << '\n';
return 0;
}
```

In general `2[a]`

is identical to `a[2]`

and this is guaranteed to
be equivalent in both C and C++ (assuming no operator overloading),
because as you meantioned it translates into `*(2+a)`

or `*(a+2)`

,
respectively. Because the plus operator is commutative, the two
forms are equivalent.

## Possible output

```
12
```