no match for 'operator>>' when using simple 'std::cin' operation

The syntax error returned is:

no match for ‘operator>>’ (operand types are ‘std::istream {aka std::basic_istream<char>}’ and ‘const char[32]’)

Source which is returning the syntax error:

#include <iostream>
#include <istream>
#include <ostream>

int main ()
    std::cin >> "Hello, please enter your name: ";

    return 0;

I’ve tried:

  1. using namespace std
  2. Obviously, as you can see, including <istream> and <ostream> separately, as well as along with different libraries
  3. including <iostream> by itself with no other libraries operating

I’m still fairly new, so that’s all I could think to try.

Can someone tell me what I am overlooking?

>Solution :

To read from a stream, you must provide a variable that will accept the value. Your problem is you’ve provided a string literal. That makes no sense. Where do you expect the data to be stored, and what type should it be?

Probably what you wanted is something like this:

#include <iostream>
#include <string>

int main() {
    std::cout << "Hello, please enter your name: ";
    std::string name;
    if (std::getline(std::cin, name)) {
        std::cout << "Hello, " << name << "\n";

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