# Increment / Decrement

Earlier, we covered shorthand math operators.

This is what shorthand addition and subtraction look like:

``````let count = 0;
count += 1;
console.log(count);

let retries = 3;
retries -= 1;
console.log(retries);``````

For the addition example, notice how we are only adding `1` to the value of the variable.

Adding and subtracting `1` is a very common operation in programming. To make it easier, we have special shorthand operators to add and subtract `1`.

## Increment and Decrement Operators

To add `1` to a variable, we use the increment operator, which is a double plus sign: `++`

``````let count = 0;
count++;
console.log(count);``````

To subtract `1` from a variable, we use the decrement operator, which is a double minus sign: `--`

``````let retries = 3;
retries--;
console.log(retries);``````

## Practice

There are several examples in the editor that use the shorthand addition operator to add just `1` to a variable.

Replace them with the increment operator to make the code cleaner.