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No, you can't add pointers together. If you live at 1332 Lakeview Drive, and your neighbor lives at 1364 Lakeview, what's 1332+1364? It's a number, but it doesn't mean anything. If you try to perform this type of calculation with pointers in a C program, your compiler will complain. The only time the addition of pointers might come up is if you try to add a pointer and the difference of two pointers: p = p + p2 - p1; which is the same thing as this: p = (p + p2) - p1. Here's a correct way of saying this: p = p + ( p2 - p1 ); Or even better in this case would be this example: p += p2 - p1;