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Python Python Basics (2015) Logic in Python Print "hi"

Stuck on Python Basics Challenge

Not sure how to do this one

Q: Write a function named printer. The function should take a single argument, count, and should print "Hi " as many times as the count argument. Remember, you can multiply a string by an integer.

7 Answers

Ryan Ruscett
Ryan Ruscett
23,309 Points

Hola man,

Let me explain this best I can. Thanks for choosing me to answer your question. Ok let's get to it.

Let's look the question and break it down.

Write a function named printer. The function should take a single argument, count, and should print "Hi " as many times as the count argument. Remember, you can multiply a string by an integer.

Ok, break down.

  1. Write a function called printer.
  2. The function takes 1 argument which is counter.
  3. Print the word "Hi"
  4. Print the word "Hi" as many times as whatever the counter argument is.

Ok so with that in hand. Let's do it.

  1. Write a function called printer
def printer():

We know that to declare a function we need to use def keyword signifying its a function with ().

  1. The function takes 1 argument called counter. Ok cool.
def printer(counter):

An argument goes in the () of the function. Meaning that the function needs a value (whatever value is in the()) in order to run do processing.

  1. Let's print the world Hi.
def printer(counter):

Ok, awesome. We now have a function called printer that takes a single argument counter, and it also prints the word "Hi".

  1. Print the word as many times as the counter says. We don't know what the counter is but we don't really care do we? As the questions says, we can multiply the string by an integer. A quick few points.

Point 1: print("Hi") we know this is a string, because Hi is surrounded with quotes. "Hi", signifying it's a string. But if am to write the string out x amount of times. x would have to be a number right?. Lets print Hi 5 times or 8 times. I mean I can't print Hi (use another string) "apple" times now can I? No of course not how do I do "Hi" "apple" times. I don't.

So I need to print the word Hi as many times as whatever the value for count is. Which brings me back to the questions which says I can multiply a string by an integer. As in my example above, the string is "Hi" and it only makes sense to multiply that by an integer, since we learned that we can't multiply it by another string, that makes no sense.

def printer(count):
    print("Hi" * counter)

BAM! We have our answer. We use an Operator called * This operator means multiplications. For example

y = 10 * 10

Y is actually equal to 100. So if I say, hey Peter. I want you to say Hi ten times. You say hi, hi, hi etc. You say it ten times. So the program way to say, say hi ten times is what is Hi times ten AKA (Hi * 10). It's Hi Hi Hi HI Hi Hi HI HI HI Hi.

I hope this helps. I am not sure where your level is in the game of python, so PLEASE feel free to tell me that you have no idea what I am talking about, or that you get it buuuttttt..... I am happy to help in anyway that I can.


Thank you Ryan! for your thorough explanation. This helped me tackle the middle and latter part of this challenge as I didn't know what to do after: def printer (count):

so the default value of count is ? exercises are little confusing :PP

Sandeep Krishnan
Sandeep Krishnan
9,730 Points

Hello Ryan Ruscett - Thank you for your detailed explanation. I am clear as crystal.

why does the def have count and the print have counter in it, shouldnt that be count as well?

Kevin Lieu
Kevin Lieu
4,329 Points

WOW. Methodical and thorough explanation. Thank you.

Thank you for the breakdown. I am a beginner and appreciate the support.

Can someone explain to me why this is wrong,,,

def printer(count): print("Hi ")*count

But this is correct

def printer(count): print("Hi " * count)

Even though they care the same results??? I tested both on my Local install of Linux and running the latest python installation... both bare the same results.. but only one answer was correct for the quizlett...

But why...

thanks all

Best. Answer. Ever! Thanks!

Ken Alger
Ken Alger
Treehouse Teacher


Welcome to Treehouse!

Let's take it one step at a time.

First, define a function named printer that takes one argument, count. We can do that right?

def printer(count):

Second, we want to print "Hi" as many times as the count argument. In Python if we do 'Hi ' * 3 we will get Hi Hi Hi. So to continue our code then...

def printer(count):
    print("Hi " * count)

That should do it. Please post back if any of that did not make sense.

Happy coding,

Thank you Ken for your helpful response.

Mark Bell
Mark Bell
7,052 Points

I had this issue. I have noticed once or twice that something comes up in the quiz/code challenge that we haven't covered in the course. In this case, the very next video covered the all important ' * count' action that you were missing in the initial challenge. Kenneth is pretty good though I have to admit and the odd snag is no bother at all. I had never intended to learn Python but a recent IoT project has forced my hand and is proving to be a very smooth addition to my armoury with KL's help!

Sandeep Krishnan
Sandeep Krishnan
9,730 Points

I agree. It happened in many other tracks too.

Patric Daniel Pförtner
Patric Daniel Pförtner
1,542 Points

Hi Peter,

You are very close to the answer, here is how I did it:

def printer(count):
      print("Hi " * count)

Why are you learning Python? Maybe we have the same aims! I am learning it to bring my Start UP www.wolf-gate.com to the next level. Thank´s to Kenneth Love it´s easily possible :)

i tried all of these and none of them were correct

Daniel Walker
Daniel Walker
2,031 Points

Kenyetta Watt, i can help you. just comment and ill be able to help.

Am i crazy to assume that "count" is just a place holder for an integer?

you can do it with a loop also.

def printer(n):
     while n:
         n -= 1