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# add_list code challenge (1 of 2)

Don't know why I get this error returned from the editor, is my code missing something:

```# Note: both functions will only take *one* argument each.
# add_list([1, 2, 3]) should return 6
li = []
total = int()
for item in li:
total += li[item]
```

Hello my friend.

As I see, you have 3 mistakes in your code:

1. You shouldn't initialize li = [] as you're getting its value directly from the function itself. Doing li = [] will reset the value.
2. total must have a value, and that's 0 because you'll use it to sum all the numbers inside the list. There's no need to say it's an int as giving it the value 0 Python will know is an integer.
3. Inside the for loop, you have to do the sum with the item because the item is the value (number) inside the list (your li variable).

Here how it should look:

```def add_list(li):
total = 0
for item in li:
total += item
```

Hope this helps :)

Ahh, I now see the error in my syntax! Didn't realize that declaring li as a blank list inside the function would re-init whatever list arguments were passed into it. Also my for loop declaration was a bit off. Little mistakes like this can lead to unnecessary frustration so thanks for pointing them out.

Cheers!

Just to add to Juan's awesome answer. I wanted to further explain what your code is currently doing.

```def add_list(li):
li = []
```

So what you've done here is taken a list and then changed the list. So if you were given a list of [1, 2, 3], "li = []" now makes [1, 2, 3] -> [] which essentially is an empty list.

```  total = int()
```

The "int()" method needs to be used on a value. I think you wanted to set it to be 0 which you could easily set it by saying total = 0.

```  for item in li:
total += li[item]
```

The only thing wrong with this part is the "li[item]" part. You're using indexes instead of the actual item in the list. In a list of [1, 2, 3] when you use li[item], you're pulling the 1st index, then the second index, and then the third (which actually doesn't exist in this list). If you want more information, look up splicing.

Yes, thanks for your further clarifications, especially your third example. For in loops do implicit iteration so using the member accessor for the indexes in the list is not necessary.