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Python Python Collections (Retired) Lists Redux Removing Items From A List

Can someone please tell me why this code is not adding items to the shopping list? It always has 0 items

#purpose: add itmes to shopping list. Choose index of item on list

shopping_list = []

def show_help():
  print("\nSeparate each item with a comma.")
  print("Type DONE to quit, SHOW to see the current list, and HELP to get this message.")

def show_list():
  count = 1
  for item in shopping_list:
    print("{}: {}".format(count, item))
    count +=1

#code officially begins    
print("Give me a list of things you want to shop for.")

while True:
  new_stuff = input("> ")

  if new_stuff == "DONE":
    print("\nHere's your list:")
  elif new_stuff == "HELP":
  elif new_stuff == "SHOW":
    new_list = new_stuff.split(",") #turns string of words separated by comma into list of strings
    index = input("Add this at a certain spot? Press enter for the end of the list, or give me a number. Currently {} items in list.".format(len(shopping_list)))
    if index: #if there is an index
      spot = int(index)-1 
      for item in new_list:
        shopping_list.insert(spot, item.strip())#strip item of an whitespace characters around it
        spot +=1
        for item in new_list:
          shopping_list.append(item, strip())

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3 Answers

Hi Otarie,

There are two problems that need fixing. The first, pointed out by Kevin Franks is that the final else statement is indented too far. The second issue is the last line:

shopping_list.append(item, strip())

# should be changed to


With those changes, your code works for me.


Kevin Franks
Kevin Franks
12,933 Points

I believe your last else statement is indented to far over and therefore not being executed.

Thanks guys - all fixed!