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Ruby Ruby Collections Build a Grocery List Program Create a Method That Returns a Hash

Need help

Totally confused here.

def create_shopping_list
  return hash

2 Answers

Stephen Gheysens
Stephen Gheysens
11,935 Points

Hi Marguerite,

Your function is trying to return a variable "hash" that doesn't exist.

Inside of the function, your first line Hash.new(create_shopping_list) is creating a hash, then trying to insert create_shopping_list into it. For an empty hash, just use Hash.new().

After you create the empty hash, you need to return it. you can do this in two lines (by assigning the new hash to a variable) or one line (return the new hash directly):

def create_shopping_list
  h = Hash.new()
  return h


def create_shopping_list
  return Hash.new()

Let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks, Stephen

Thanks so much for the clarification.