 # continue statement in JavaScript

There is also a `continue` statement that starts a new iteration of the loop. This statement can sometimes be useful for simplifying the code, although almost always the problem can be solved without it. Let's look at a practical example.

Let's say we have an array of numbers. Let's iterate over it and the numbers that are divisible by `2` will be squared and output to the console, but the numbers that are divisible by `3` will be cubed and output to the console. Here is the solution to the described problem:

```let arr = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]; for (let elem of arr) { let result; if (elem % 2 === 0) { result = elem * elem; console.log(result); } else if (elem % 3 === 0) { result = elem * elem * elem; console.log(result); } }```

As you can see, the line `console.log(result)` is repeated twice. Let's take it out of `if`, like this:

```let arr = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]; for (let elem of arr) { let result; if (elem % 2 === 0) { result = elem * elem; } else if (elem % 3 === 0) { result = elem * elem * elem; } console.log(result); // the output taken out of condition }```

Now our script, however, works a little differently: it turns out that for ordinary elements that are not processed through our `if` the variable `result` will be output to the console, which, according to our task we don't need.

Let's fix the problem by adding to our `if` another condition `else`, which will work for elements that are not divisible by `2` and `3`, and call the statement `continue` there, which will immediately transfer us to a new iteration of the loop:

```let arr = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]; for (let elem of arr) { let result; if (elem % 2 == 0) { result = elem * elem; } else if (elem % 3 == 0) { result = elem * elem * elem; } else { continue; // go to a new loop iteration } console.log(result); // will be executed if divisible by 2 or 3 }```