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Python Python Collections (2016, retired 2019) Slices Slice Functions


how do I go about this task?

first_4 = names("Carol", "Joseph", "Jack", "Ben")

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,017 Points

The instructions say to "create a function named first_4 that returns the first four items from whatever iterable is given to it.". Using a slice is a good idea, but:

  • you need a function (not a variable) named "first_4"
  • function definitions start with "def"
  • the function will use a parameter to get the data, you won't need to provide any literals
  • you will want to add a "stop" value to the slice to make sure it only takes 4 items
  • remember to return the resuts