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# how do i increment the count in my_dict

well this is how far i have gotten so far. the out put, to my knowledge, is all correct but my counter will not increase...

going about this problem any other way leaves me with the problem of creating a key without a value which i found to be impossible so my next best step is to introduce and try to increase the counter by the amount of time the key is found in the dictionary....

any help or advice on what i should do or even if there is something in my code now that i need to look at or???

wordcount.py
```# E.g. word_count("I do not like it Sam I Am") gets back a dictionary like:
# {'i': 2, 'do': 1, 'it': 1, 'sam': 1, 'like': 1, 'not': 1, 'am': 1}
# Lowercase the string to make it easier.

def word_count(string):
my_dict = {}
string = string.lower()
string = string.split()
counter = 1
for word in string:
my_dict[word] = counter
if my_dict[word] in my_dict:
counter += 1
else:
counter = 1
return my_dict
```

Hey Terry,

You are quite close. Your problem is that you applying counter of 1 across the entire dict, but if you simply remove that line you will get an error. So for a solution use update.

Here is an example.

```def word_count(string):
words = string.lower()
word_list = words.split()
word_count = {}
for word in word_list:
if word in word_count:
word_count[word] += 1
else:
word_count.update({word:1})  # this is where update comes in

return word_count
```