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Ruby Ruby Collections Ruby Arrays Accessing Items in Arrays

I've been stuck on this one and I need some help.

I've been defining the variable first_item and putting grocery_list [0] = first_item then end.

grocery_list = ["milk", "eggs", "bread", "ice cream", "potatoes", "pie"]

def first_item
  grocery_list[0] = first_item 


1 Answer

Angela Visnesky
Angela Visnesky
20,927 Points

Hi William! You are making things a little more complicated than you need to.

first_item = grocery_list[0]

This will put you on the path to finishing the challenge. I hope this helps!

Scott Wyngarden
Scott Wyngarden
Courses Plus Student 16,700 Points

And to add a little more information, when you're assigning to a variable, the variable goes on the left side of the equals sign, and the value (or where you're getting the value from) goes on the right. so given a variable called my_variable, any time you want to assign to it, it your code should look something like this

my_variable = 5


my_variable = grocery_list[0]

The code you wrote tried assigning whatever first_item holds to the first element of your array. In short, you just had your syntax backwards

Hey thanks for the help I appreciate it.