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Count consonants in a string (Iterative and recursive methods)
  • Difficulty Level : Easy
  • Last Updated : 31 Mar, 2021

Given a string, count total number of consonants in it. A consonant is a English alphabet character that is not vowel (a, e, i, o and u). Examples of constants are b, c, d, f, g, ..
Examples : 
 

Input : abc de
Output : 3
There are three consonants b, c and d.

Input : geeksforgeeks portal
Output : 12

 

 

1. Iterative Method

 



C++




// Iterative CPP program to count total number
// of consonants
#include <iostream>
using namespace std;
 
// Function to check for consonant
bool isConsonant(char ch)
{
    // To handle lower case
    ch = toupper(ch);
 
    return !(ch == 'A' || ch == 'E' ||
            ch == 'I' || ch == 'O' ||
            ch == 'U') && ch >= 65 && ch <= 90;
}
 
int totalConsonants(string str)
{
    int count = 0;
    for (int i = 0; i < str.length(); i++)
 
        // To check is character is Consonant
        if (isConsonant(str[i]))
            ++count;
    return count;
}
 
// Driver code
int main()
{
    string str = "abc de";
    cout << totalConsonants(str);
    return 0;
}

Java




// Iterative Java program
// to count total number
// of consonants
 
import java.io.*;
 
class GFG {
 
    // Function to check for consonant
    static boolean isConsonant(char ch)
    {
        // To handle lower case
        ch = Character.toUpperCase(ch);
      
        return !(ch == 'A' || ch == 'E' ||
                ch == 'I' || ch == 'O' ||
                ch == 'U') && ch >= 65 && ch <= 90;
    }
  
    static int totalConsonants(String str)
    {
        int count = 0;
        for (int i = 0; i < str.length(); i++)
      
            // To check is character is Consonant
            if (isConsonant(str.charAt(i)))
                ++count;
        return count;
    }
     
    // Driver code
    public static void main(String args[])
    {
        String str = "abc de";
        System.out.println( totalConsonants(str));
    }
}
 
// This code is contributed by Nikita Tiwari.

Python3




# Iterative Python3 program to count
# total number of consonants
 
# Function to check for consonant
def isConsonant(ch):
     
    # To handle lower case
    ch = ch.upper()
 
    return not (ch == 'A' or ch == 'E' or
                ch == 'I' or ch == 'O' or
                ch == 'U') and ord(ch) >= 65 and ord(ch) <= 90
 
def totalConsonants(string):
     
    count = 0
     
    for i in range(len(string)):
 
        # To check is character is Consonant
        if (isConsonant(string[i])):
            count += 1
             
    return count
 
# Driver code
string = "abc de"
print(totalConsonants(string))
 
 
# This code id contributed by Ansu Kumari.

C#




// Iterative C# program to count
// total number of consonants
using System;
 
class GFG {
 
    // Function to check for consonant
    static bool isConsonant(char ch)
    {
        // To handle lower case
        ch = Char.ToUpper(ch);
     
        return !(ch == 'A' || ch == 'E' ||
                 ch == 'I' || ch == 'O' ||
                 ch == 'U') && ch >= 65 && ch <= 90;
    }
 
    static int totalConsonants(String str)
    {
        int count = 0;
        for (int i = 0; i < str.Length; i++)
     
            // To check is character is Consonant
            if (isConsonant(str[i]))
                ++count;
        return count;
    }
     
    // Driver code
    public static void Main()
    {
        String str = "abc de";
        Console.Write( totalConsonants(str));
    }
}
 
// This code is contributed by nitin mittal.

PHP




<?php
// Iterative PHP program to count total number
// of consonants
  
// Function to check for consonant
function isConsonant($ch)
{
    // To handle lower case
    $ch = strtoupper($ch);
  
    return !($ch == 'A' || $ch == 'E' ||
            $ch == 'I' || $ch == 'O' ||
            $ch == 'U') && ord($ch) >= 65 && ord($ch) <= 90;
}
  
function totalConsonants($str)
{
    $count = 0;
    for ($i = 0; $i < strlen($str); $i++)
  
        // To check is character is Consonant
        if (isConsonant($str[$i]))
            ++$count;
    return $count;
}
  
// Driver code
 
$str = "abc de";
echo totalConsonants($str);
return 0;
 // This code is contributed by Ita_c.
?>

Javascript




<script>
      // Iterative JavaScript program to count total number
      // of consonants
 
      // Function to check for consonant
      function isConsonant(ch)
      {
        // To handle lower case
        ch = ch.toUpperCase();
 
        console.log(ch);
 
        return (
          !(ch == "A" || ch == "E" || ch == "I" || ch == "O" || ch == "U") &&
          ch.match(/[A-Z]/i)
        );
      }
 
      function totalConsonants(str) {
        var count = 0;
        for (var i = 0; i < str.length; i++)
          // To check is character is Consonant
          if (isConsonant(str[i])) ++count;
        return count;
      }
 
      // Driver code
      var str = "abc de";
      document.write(totalConsonants(str));
       
      // This code is contributed by rdtank.
    </script>

Output: 
 

3

 

2. Recursive Method

 

C++




// Recursive CPP program to count total number
// of consonants
#include <iostream>
using namespace std;
 
// Function to check for consonant
bool isConsonant(char ch)
{
    // To handle lower case
    ch = toupper(ch);
 
    return !(ch == 'A' || ch == 'E' ||
            ch == 'I' || ch == 'O' ||
            ch == 'U') && ch >= 65 && ch <= 90;
}
 
// to count total number of consonants from
// 0 to n-1
int totalConsonants(string str, int n)
{
    if (n == 1)
        return isConsonant(str[0]);
 
    return totalConsonants(str, n - 1) +
           isConsonant(str[n-1]);
}
 
// Driver code
int main()
{
    string str = "abc de";
    cout << totalConsonants(str, str.length());
    return 0;
}

Java




// Recursive Java program to count
// total number of consonants
import java.util.*;
import java.lang.*;
 
class GFG
{
 
// Function to check for consonant
static boolean isConsonant(char ch)
{
    // To handle lower case
    ch = Character.toUpperCase(ch);
 
    return (ch == 'A' || ch == 'E' ||
            ch == 'I' || ch == 'O' ||
            ch == 'U')== false && ch >= 65 && ch <= 90;
}
 
// to count total number
// of consonants from  0 to n-1
static int totalConsonants(String str, int n)
{
    if (n == 1)
    {
        if(isConsonant(str.charAt(0)))
            return 1;
        else
            return 0;
    }
     
    if(isConsonant(str.charAt(n - 1)))
        return totalConsonants(str, n - 1) + 1;
    else
        return totalConsonants(str, n - 1);
}
 
// Driver code
public static void main(String args[])
{
    String str = "abc de";
    System.out.println(totalConsonants(str, str.length()));
}
}
 
// This code is contributed by
// Surendra_Gangwar

Python3




# Recursive Python3 program to count
# total number of consonants
 
# Function to check for consonant
def isConsonant(ch):
     
    # To handle lower case
    ch = ch.upper()
 
    return not (ch == 'A' or ch == 'E' or
                ch == 'I' or ch == 'O' or
                ch == 'U') and ord(ch) >= 65 and ord(ch) <= 90
 
# To count total number of 
# consonants from 0 to n-1
def totalConsonants(string, n):
     
    if n == 1:
        return isConsonant(string[0])
 
    return totalConsonants(string, n - 1) + isConsonant(string[n-1])
 
 
# Driver code
string = "abc de"
print(totalConsonants(string, len(string)))
 
 
# This code is contributed by Ansu Kuamri.

C#




// Recursive C# program to count
// total number of consonants
using System;
     
class GFG
{
 
// Function to check for consonant
static Boolean isConsonant(char ch)
{
    // To handle lower case
    ch = char.ToUpper(ch);
 
    return (ch == 'A' || ch == 'E' ||
            ch == 'I' || ch == 'O' ||
            ch == 'U') == false &&
            ch >= 65 && ch <= 90;
}
 
// to count total number
// of consonants from 0 to n-1
static int totalConsonants(String str, int n)
{
    if (n == 1)
    {
        if(isConsonant(str[0]))
            return 1;
        else
            return 0;
    }
     
    if(isConsonant(str[n - 1]))
        return totalConsonants(str, n - 1) + 1;
    else
        return totalConsonants(str, n - 1);
}
 
// Driver code
public static void Main(String []args)
{
    String str = "abc de";
    Console.WriteLine(totalConsonants(str, str.Length));
}
}
 
// This code contributed by Rajput-Ji

Output : 
 

3

Illustration of recursive method:
 

 

 

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