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In c++ any value like 4.12 is treated as a double by default. 

Comparing floats and doubles can be a tricky business because of the difference in precision leading to minute errors. For example: 

float a = 4.12;

    cout<<"bye "<

This will show you the output as "bye 4.12" 


Because by default 4.12 is a double (such as in the if statement or in the assignment to our variable), but storing it in a float it loses some precision, and so comparing then comparing a double with a float lead to microscopic changes in the precision of the number--remember that floats and doubles are not precise. 

Two lessons here: one is that floating point numbers shouldn't be compared directly most of the time, and the other is that the default size and type of a hard-coded floating point number is double.

For more on floating point numbers, read understanding floating point numbers--accuracy and precision.