# Python Ternary Multiple Lines

What if you have a ternary operator that’s very long?

```var = 'I want to learn Python' if 42**2<166 else 'I want to learn Go programming'
print(var)
# I want to learn Go programming
```

Problem: How to write the ternary operator in multiple lines?

## Short Recap: Ternary Operator

Ternary Operator: The most basic ternary operator `x if c else y` consists of three operands `x`, `c`, and `y`. It is an expression with a return value. The ternary operator returns `x` if the Boolean expression `c` evaluates to `True`. Otherwise, if the expression `c` evaluates to `False`, the ternary operator returns the alternative `y`.

Syntax: The three operands are written as `x if c else y` which reads as “return `x` if `c` else return `y`“. Let’s write this more intuitively as:

`<OnTrue> if <Condition> else <OnFalse>`

Related article: For a full tutorial on the ternary operator, check out our detailed blog article.

## Method: Parenthesis to Extend Logical Line Over Multiple Physical Lines

Solution: You can extend any logical line in Python over multiple physical lines by using the parenthesis.

```var = 'I want to learn Python' if 42**2<166 else 'I want to learn Go programming'
print(var)

var = ('I want to learn Python'
if 42**2<166 else
'I want to learn Go programming')
print(var)
# I want to learn Go programming```

This is the PEP8 standard way of breaking long lines—if you cannot do it in a more natural way (such as avoiding the ternary operator and using the if statement in this example).

Try it yourself:

Exercise: Write a nested ternary operator and break it into multiple lines!

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