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JavaScript JavaScript Functions Pass Information Into Functions Parameters and Arguments Review

how is a parameter different from an argument?

when I look up the definition of parameter in javascript, it just seems to be the variable passed into a function, which is what I thought an argument was. I am wondering what the difference is between the two.

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
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The difference is a bit subtle. A parameter is the name you use in the function definition as a placeholder for the values that will be passed later when the function is called. It's essentially a variable but you don't have to declare it.

On the other hand, an argument is a value that you pass when you make the call. For example:

function sum(a, b) {      // <-- "a" and "b" are both parameters
    return a + b;
}

total = sum(price, tax);  // <-- "price" and "tax" are both arguments