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Use negative nth-child and nth-last-child

Written byPhuoc Nguyen
24 Feb, 2021
`nth-child` is used to choose a child or a range of children of a given element. Using negative `nth-child` will pick the first few children.
In the following example, the first three items will be underlined. The range of second to fifth items have the blue color.
li:nth-child(-n + 3) {
text-decoration: underline;
li:nth-child(n + 2):nth-child(-n + 5) {
color: #2563eb;
In a similar way, nagative `nth-last-child` will pick the last few children.
/* Add a decorative line to the last two items */
li:nth-last-child(-n + 2) {
text-decoration-line: line-through;

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