Conditional Statement as Hierarchy jQuery

Is there a way to make jQuery use objects in a conditional statement as an object in a hierarchy. For Example, I want to validate that something exist then tell it to do something just using the this selector.

Like this

if ($(".tnImg").length) {

//i have to declare what object I am targeting here to get this to work

            opacity: 0.5,   
            }, 200 );

Is there a way to get jQuery to do this? I guess theres not a huge benefit but i still am curious


In jQuery, if nothing is found, then nothing happens, for example:

$(".tnImg").animate({ opacity: 0.5 }, 200 );

This won't error, if it doesn't find anything with class="tnImg" it simply won't run on any elements. This is one of the fundamentals that makes jQuery so terse :)

If you wanted to do lots with the object, this would let you use it as $(this) for each one:

$(".tnImg").each(function() {
  //$(this) is the current class="tnImg" element, this code runs for each one
  $(this).animate({ opacity: 0.5 }, 200 );

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