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Shouldn't the answer to this be True? Is 'l' greater than 'z'?

( 'lion' > 'zebra' )

When comparing two strings, we compare the first letter of the first string with the first letter of the second string. Since 'l' comes before 'z', the above statement should be true. But the quiz tells me I'm wrong.

Stangely, the explanation for both true and false in the quiz is exactly the same: l comes before z.

Am I missing something?

2 Answers

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
228,991 Points

Anything that "comes before" is considered to be "less than". So just as 3 comes before 8, and therefore 3 is less than 9; "l" comes before "z", so "l" is less than "z".

The descriptions in the quiz for the two choices differ by the word "not". The choice for "False" reads "Since 'l' comes before 'z' in the alphabet, 'lion' is not greater than 'zebra.'"

Thanks for that explanation. It makes logical sense.

To be honest, math was never my strongest subject. That's why I write programs, to do the math for me. :)

I missed this too Eric Newcomb This has less to do with math and more to do with attention to detail.