I am getting this error after loading my php page:

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected end of file in /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/htdocs/wordpress2/wp-content/themes/annonciation/page-42.php on line 77

I could understand that it means that I have opened a certain bracket or parenthasis somewhere, and didn't close it, but I can't for the love of god find it! Here is my code:

<?php get_header();?>
<div id="container">
<!-- Glossaire -->
<p class="titrep" style="padding-top:192px;">- Glossaire -</p>

<div id="alphabet">
foreach(range('A','Z') as $i) {?>
  <?php echo $i;?>


    <?php }


<div id="mots">
<?php //$test=new WP_Query(array('post_type'=>'mots')); ?>

<?php //while ( $test -> have_posts() ) : $test -> the_post();?>


$args = array(
    'post_type'=> 'mots',
    'lettres'  => 'alpha',
    'order'    => 'ASC'

$the_query = new WP_Query( $args );
if($the_query->have_posts() ) : {
  while ( $the_query->have_posts() ) : $the_query->the_post(); 

 //some code that is sure not making the error (i removed it and still getting the error)


<?php get_footer(); ?>

what could the problem be?

  • What code lies on Line 77 ? And should lettres be letters in your 2nd WP_Query argument?
    – Howdy_McGee
    Apr 24, 2014 at 21:49
  • line 77 is the end of my document, so nothing there, and no, it shouldn't be letters, that's how my taxonomy is called in wordpress Apr 24, 2014 at 22:07

3 Answers 3


I just want to add to the two answers given on this matter. It is important to know that if you use

if($the_query->have_posts() ) :

you will need to close that with


otherwise you will also get the same parse error as described.

if($the_query->have_posts() ) : {

Curly braces or colon/end syntax? Pick one.

Also, here's some recommended reading.


Here is the reference Doc for Loop in WordPress, from that if you want to use : then no need to use {}. you can use one of them at same time.

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