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Python Introducing Lists Build an Application Add Items

Syntax error

It says there is a syntax error even though i have copied what the teacher did.

shopping_list = []

def add_to_list(item): shopping_list.append(item) print('Added! List has {} item.'.format(len(shopping_list)

def show_help(): print('What should we pick up at the store?') print(''' Enter 'DONE' to stop adding items to the list. Enter 'HELP' for the help menu ''')

show_help() while True: new_item = input('> ')

new_item == 'DONE':
     break
elif new_item ==  'HELP':
     show_help                                   
     continue

add_to_list(new_item)

1 Answer

Scott Bailey
Scott Bailey
13,176 Points

You had a few missing pieces from your code - I've added comments into the working code below that should explain.

There was some missing closing brackets and a missing 'if' statement.

Remember to try your code in the termianl / console and read the error messages, it will help you locate the problems easily!

shopping_list = []

def add_to_list(item):
    shopping_list.append(item)

    # missing closing brackets at the end
    print('Added! List has {} item.'.format(len(shopping_list)))

def show_help():
        print('What should we pick up at the store?')
        print(''' Enter 'DONE' to stop adding items to the list. Enter 'HELP' for the help menu ''')

show_help()

while True:

    new_item = input('> ')

    # missing the 'if' 
    if new_item == 'DONE':
         break
    elif new_item ==  'HELP':
         show_help
         continue

    add_to_list(new_item)

Hope this can help!