Compiler Error CS0176

Static member 'member' cannot be accessed with an instance reference; qualify it with a type name instead

Only a class name can be used to qualify a static variable; an instance name cannot be a qualifier. For more information, see Static Classes and Static Class Members (C# Programming Guide).

The following sample generates CS0176:

// CS0176.cs
public class MyClass2
    public static int num;

public class Test
    public static void Main()
        MyClass2 mc2 = new MyClass2();
        int i = mc2.num;   // CS0176
        // try the following line instead
        // int i = MyClass2.num;

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