# Go gotcha: What's wrong with the remainder (modulo) operator?

Why isn’t -1 odd?

```
func Odd(n int) bool {
return n%2 == 1
}
func main() {
fmt.Println(Odd(-1)) //
```**false**
}

## Answer

The remainder operator can give negative answers if the dividend is negative:
if `n`

is an odd negative number, `n % 2`

equals `-1`

.

The quotient `q = x / y`

and remainder `r = x % y`

satisfy the relationships

```
x = q*y + r and |r| < |y|
```

where `x / y`

is truncated towards zero.

```
x y x / y x % y
5 3 1 2
-5 3 -1 -2
5 -3 -1 2
-5 -3 1 -2
```

(There is one exception: if `x`

is the most negative value of its type,
the quotient `q = x / -1`

is equal to `x`

.
See Compute absolute values for more on this anomaly.)

One solution is to write the function like this:

```
// Odd tells whether n is an odd number.
func Odd(n int) bool {
return n%2 != 0
}
```

You can also use the bitwise AND operator `&`

:

```
// Odd tells whether n is an odd number.
func Odd(n int) bool {
return n&1 != 0
}
```

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