When several operations occur in an expression, each part is evaluated and resolved in a predetermined order called operator precedence. You can use parentheses to override the order of precedence and force some parts of an expression to be evaluated before others. Operations within parentheses are always performed before those outside. Within parentheses, however, standard operator precedence is maintained.

When **multiplication** and **division** occur together in an expression, each operation is evaluated as it occurs from left to right. Likewise, when **addition** and **subtraction** occur together in an expression, each operation is evaluated in order of appearance from left to right. The **string concatenation (&)** operator is not an **arithmetic** operator, but in precedence it does fall after all arithmetic operators and before all comparison operators. The Is operator is an object reference comparison operator. It does not compare objects or their values; it checks only to determine if two object references refer to the same object.

When expressions contain operators from more than one category, arithmetic operators are evaluated first, comparison operators are evaluated next, and logical operators are evaluated last. Comparison operators all have equal precedence; that is, they are evaluated in the left-to-right order in which they appear. Arithmetic and logical operators are evaluated in the following order of precedence:

Arithmetic | Comparison | Logical |
---|---|---|

Exponentiation (^) | Equality (=) | Not |

Unary negation (-) | Inequality (<>) | And |

Multiplication (*) and Division (/) | less than (<) | Or |

Integer division (\) | greater than (>) | Xor |

Modulus arithmetic (Mod) | less or equal (<=) | Eqv |

Addition (+) and Subtraction (-) | greater or equal (>=) | Imp |

Concatenation (&) | Is |

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