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Program to reverse words in a given string in C++
  • Last Updated : 30 Apr, 2020

Given a sentence in the form of string str, the task is to reverse each word of the given sentence in C++.

Examples:

Input: str = “the sky is blue”
Output: blue is sky the

Inpu: str = “I love programming”
Output: programming love I

Method 1: Using STL functions



  1. Reverse the given string str using STL function reverse().
  2. Iterate the reversed string and whenever a space is found reverse the word before that space using the STL function reverse().

Below is the implementation of the above approach:

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// C++ program for the above approach
  
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
  
// Function to reverse the given string
string reverseString(string str)
{
  
    // Reverse str using inbuilt function
    reverse(str.begin(), str.end());
  
    // Add space at the end so that the
    // last word is also reversed
    str.insert(str.end(), ' ');
  
    int n = str.length();
  
    int j = 0;
  
    // Find spaces and reverse all words
    // before that
    for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) {
  
        // If a space is encountered
        if (str[i] == ' ') {
            reverse(str.begin() + j,
                    str.begin() + i);
  
            // Update the starting index
            // for next word to reverse
            j = i + 1;
        }
    }
  
    // Remove spaces from the end of the
    // word that we appended
    str.pop_back();
  
    // Return the reversed string
    return str;
}
  
// Driver code
int main()
{
    string str = "I like this code";
  
    // Function call
    string rev = reverseString(str);
  
    // Print the reversed string
    cout << rev;
    return 0;
}

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Output:

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Method 2: Without using the inbuilt function: We can create the reverse() function which is used to reverse the given string. Below are the steps:

  1. Intially reverse each word of the given string str.
  2. Now reverse the whole string to get the resultant string in desired order.

Below is the implementation of the above approach:

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// C++ program for the above approach
  
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
  
// Function used to reverse a string
// from index l to r
void reversed(string& s, int l, int r)
{
  
    while (l < r) {
  
        // Swap characters at l and r
        swap(s[l], s[r]);
        l++;
        r--;
    }
}
  
// Function to reverse the given string
string reverseString(string str)
{
  
    // Add space at the end so that the
    // last word is also reversed
    str.insert(str.end(), ' ');
  
    int n = str.length();
  
    int j = 0;
  
    // Find spaces and reverse all words
    // before that
    for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) {
  
        // If a space is encountered
        if (str[i] == ' ') {
  
            // Function call to our custom
            // reverse function()
            reversed(str, j, i - 1);
  
            // Update the starting index
            // for next word to reverse
            j = i + 1;
        }
    }
  
    // Remove spaces from the end of the
    // word that we appended
    str.pop_back();
  
    // Reverse the whole string
    reversed(str, 0, str.length() - 1);
  
    // Return the reversed string
    return str;
}
  
// Driver code
int main()
{
    string str = "I like this code";
  
    // Function call
    string rev = reverseString(str);
  
    // Print the reversed string
    cout << rev;
    return 0;
}

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Output:

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