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Python Python Basics Functions and Looping Returning Values

walter fernandez
walter fernandez
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I need help

I want to write an expression that whose value is the fifth character of the String name.

This is what I did, but It is wrong.

name = "walter." letter = name[5] print(letter)

2 Answers

Brendan Whiting
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Brendan Whiting
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Array or string indices in python are 0-based. Which means the first character in the string can be found at name[0]. So you always have to subtract 1. The fifth character is at name[4]. You'll get used to it.

When you are selecting a character in a string by index, you need to start by index 0. So for example, name[0] would give you 'w'. name[1] would give you 'a'. So in this case, you need to subtract one from 5 to give you four. So name[4] would give you the fifth letter of the name, which is 'e'. I hope this helps!