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Compiler Error CS0050 

Error Message

Inconsistent accessibility: return type 'type' is less accessible than method 'method'

The return type and each of the types referenced in the formal parameter list of a method must be at least as accessible as the method itself. For more information, see Access Modifiers (C# Programming Guide).

Example

The following sample generates CS0050 because no accessiblity modifier is supplied for MyClass and its accessibility therefore defaults to private.

// CS0050.cs
class MyClass //accessibility defaults to private
// try the following line instead
// public class MyClass 
{
}

public class MyClass2
{
    public static MyClass MyMethod()   // CS0050
    {
        return new MyClass();
    }

    public static void Main() { }
}

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