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Keywords are predefined, reserved identifiers with special meaning to the compiler. They cannot be used as identifiers in your program without the @ prefix. For example @if is a legal identifier but not the keyword if.


C# has a predefined collection of “keywords” (or reserved words) which each have a special function. These words can not be used as identifiers (names for variables, methods, classes, etc.) unless prefixed with @.

Apart from these, C# also uses some keywords to provide specific meaning in code. They are called contextual keywords. Contextual keywords can be used as identifiers and doesn’t need to be prefixed with @ when used as identifiers.

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