C++ program to Reverse a Sentence Using Recursion

This program takes a sentence from user and reverses that sentence using recursion. This program does not use string to reverse the sentence or store the sentence.

To understand this example, you should have the knowledge of following C++ programming topics:

Example: Reverse a sentence using recursion.

#include <iostream>
using namespace std;

void reverse(const string& a);

int main()
    string str;
    cout << " Please enter a string " << endl;
    getline(cin, str);
    return 0;    

void reverse(const string& str)
    size_t numOfChars = str.size();

    if(numOfChars == 1)
       cout << str << endl;
       cout << str[numOfChars - 1];
       reverse(str.substr(0, numOfChars - 1));


Enter a sentence: margorp emosewa
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In this program, the user is asked to enter a string which is stored in the string object str.

Then, the reverse() function is called which is a recursive function. In the first function call, reverse() prints the last character of the string (numOfChars - 1), -1 because array starts with 0.

Then, substr() gives the string upto the 2nd last character, which is passed again to the reverse() function.

In the next reverse() call, the 2nd last character is printed because the string contains one less character from the last. After this, one character from the last is cut-off from the string again and passed to the reverse() function.

This goes until the length of the string equals 1, when the final character (or the first character) is printed and the loop ends.