macro to print a string

How the PLUS macro work if i pass two strings to it, and it will parse them as the enum value? Thanks in advance. Sorry that i can't express myself too clearly.

#include "stdio.h"
#include <string>
#include <iostream>

using namespace std;

#define PRINT(Y) #Y
#define PLUS(X, Y) X+Y

int main( int argc, char *argv[] )
    typedef enum {

    const char *a="THIRD", *b="SECOND";
    cout << PRINT(THIRD+SECOND is: ) << PLUS(a, b) << endl;
    return 0;


I think, from your followup comment, that I understand better what you're trying to do: Trying to make both a string form and non-string form of a symbol such as an enum value.

The way I usually do this is as follows:

#define Q(x) QQ(x)
#define QQ(x) #x

Then you use it with a non-string value, such as an enum:

enum { FRED = 1, BARNEY = 2 };

int main()
    std::cout << "The enum " << Q( FRED   ) << " has the value " << FRED   << std::endl;
    std::cout << "The enum " << Q( BARNEY ) << " has the value " << BARNEY << std::endl;

This prints:

The enum FRED has the value 1
The enum BARNEY has the value 2

If that's not what you're trying to accomplish, please clarify in your question and leave me a comment.

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