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# right shift register with sign bit >>

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Hi guys,

I have a question concerning with right shift register with sign bit, could anyone help me out?
here is it

[Beginning of explanation]
In the following example, the right-hand operand has a negative value:
-42 >> -4
= 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 1101 0110 >> (1...1111 1100 & 0001 1111)
= 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 1101 0110 >> 0...0001 1100
= 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 1101 0110 >> 28
= 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111
= 0xffffffff
= -1

[End of explanation]

My question is how come -4 become 28? Where does this 28 come from?

Thank you and Regards,

Sura Watthanalamlert

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When performing a shift, only a portion of the right-side operand is used. When shifting an int, only the right-most 5 bits of the shift value; therefore, the number of bits shifted will always fall within the range of 0 and 31. When shifting a long, only the right-most 6 bits of the shift value are used; therefore, the shift range falls within 0 and 63.

-4 in binary is 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 1100. Since you are shifting an int, only the right-most 5 bits are used. The 5 right most bits in -4 are 11100, which evaluates to 28.

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