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# How do you write the code for the mimic_array_sum to work right?

I have been trying to get this to work but the preview to see what your code is doing has not worked for me in the last few lessons so I can't tell if the code works without submitting it. I don't get it. I understand the course is suppose to get harder but didn't expect that.

palindromic_primes.php
```<?php
function mimic_array_sum(\$array) {
\$total = array_sum();
foreach(\$array as \$element) {
}
return \$total
}
\$palindromic_primes = mimic_array_sum(11, 757, 16361);

?>
```

Hello Willie,

By the look of this code I can tell that you are probably talking about task 2 from this challenge. You need a variable to store the total sum. Before the foreach this variable should be 0 because we haven't started to add to it the numbers from the array. Every time we go through and element in the foreach we should add it to this total variable. After the loop finishes we should return the total.

The code will look something like this:

```<?php
function mimic_array_sum(\$array) {
\$total = 0;
foreach (\$array as \$element) {
\$total += \$element;
}

return \$total;
}

\$palindromic_primes = array(11, 757, 16361);

?>
```

I used a shorthand here : \$total += \$element;

this is the same as \$total = \$total + \$element;