Reducing and printing a string Array

I am trying to reduce the string array by using a for a loop. This is an example I tried to do

User string input: Calculus
User input:5
output: CalcuCalcCalCaC

I have turned the string to a char array but the issue presents itself when trying to print them out multiple times. It only prints once and has the right starting output.

input string: Oregon
input number: 4

output: Oreg

I notice my for loop says that it is not looping when I hover over it on the IDE that I downloaded from JetBrains.

I tried different combinations of decrementing and incrementing but could not get that “for statement is not looping”. Other than that I have tried different ways to do something in the for loop but I don’t think anything needs to be done for now if the for loop is not looping then, right?

So my question is, how to reduce a string or char array and print the decrement value over and over again?

Here is my code so far for it.

public String wordDown(String userString, int userNum)
        String stringModded = userString.substring(0, userNum);

        char[] charArray = stringModded.toCharArray();
        char repeat = ' ';

        for(int i = 0; i<userNum; ++i)
            repeat = (char) (repeat +charArray[i]);
            charArray[i] = repeat;

            for(int j = 1; i > charArray.length; ++j)
                String modWord = String.valueOf(charArray[i + 1]);
                return modWord;

        return null;

public static void main(String[] args)
        int userNumber;
        String userString;

        RandomArrayFunctionalities ranMethod = new RandomArrayFunctionalities();

        Scanner in = new Scanner(;

        System.out.println("nEnter a word:");
        userString =;

        System.out.println("nEnter a number within the word scope that you just enter:");
        userNumber = in.nextInt();

        System.out.println(ranMethod.wordDown(userString, userNumber));



You do not need to modify the original array. Use a StringBuilder to concatenate the successive parts of the word. Use the String.substring(int,int) method to pull out those parts. The example that follows uses a decrementing index to generate the successively smaller substrings.

public String wordDown(String word, int userNum) {
  StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
  for (int length = userNum ; length > 0 ; --length) {
    sb.append(word.substring(0, length));
  return sb.toString();