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# Can someone help me with this?

I really don't understand what they are asking me to do.

script.js
```function max(big, small) {
return small;
}
```

Hi Carl,

You need an if statement in the function to check which of the numbers passed to the function is larger

```function max(a,b) {
if (a > b) {
return a;
} else {
return b;
}
}
```

The if statement checks to see if a is larger than b and, if it evaluates to true, the function returns a. Otherwise, if b is larger than a or they are equal, the else statement returns b.

Hope this helps.

hi Carl,
they want you to use a conditional statement:
you can try this:

```function max(a,b){
return (a>b)?a:(b>a)?b:null;
}
```

It's a if else shorthand statement.

I'm sorry, but this dos not help me. Some of the syntax you are using has not been taught in the course yet. I still don't understand.

You'll need to use a conditional statement to test the 2 parameters to see which is the larger of the two.

```function max(a,b){
if(a>b){ // see if a greater then b, if so it returns true
return a // if true return a
}else if(b>a){ // else see if b greater then a, if so it returns true
return b // if true return b
}
}
```

Dear People, does anyone forget to parse the values.