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Find the number of words in a string.

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Question: Find the number of words in a given string?

Input: This is a sample    statement       and I need to         find   the number of words.
Output: 14

According to the problem, we are given a string and it contain words separated by spaces, next lines or tab spaces. So, the basic idea for the problem would be to traverse the string and increment a counter whenever we see the end of a word.

/* Program to count no of words from given input string. */
#include <stdio.h>

// returns number of words in str
int countWords(char *str)
    // We use a flag variable, flag = 1 means word has not been found
    // flag = 0 means we are traversing a word
    int flag = 1;

	int wordCount = 0;  // word count
	// Scan all characters one by one
    while (*str)
        // If next character is a separator, set the flag
        if (*str == ' ' || *str == '\n' || *str == '\t')
            flag = 1;
        else if (flag == 1)
			// If next character is not a word separator and flag is 1
			// then set the flag as 0 and increment word count
            flag = 0;

        // Move to next character
    return wordCount;
// Driver program to test above function
int main(void)
    char str[] = "This is a sample statement    and          I need to find the    number of words.";

	printf("No of words: %d\n", countWords(str));

	return 0;

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