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Syntax error for no clear reason
I'm having a syntax error and I can't understand why:
shopping_list =  def add_to_list(item): shopping_list.append(item) def show_help(): print("What should we pick up at the store") print(""" Enter 'DONE' to stop adding items. Enter 'HELP' for this help. """) show_help() while True: new_item = input("> ") if new_item.upper() == 'DONE': break elif new_item.upper() == 'HELP': show_help() continue add_to_list(new_item) treehouse:~/workspace$ python shopping_list.py File "shopping_list.py", line 8 def show_help: ^ SyntaxError: invalid syntax
Michael Hulet47,909 Points
Make sure you've saved your file here before running it, because the traceback that Python is complaining about looks different from what's in your file. The traceback shows
show_help being declared like this:
def show_help: # Note the lack of parentheses here
However, in the code you have above it,
show_help appears to be declared properly, with parentheses, and there should be no syntax error there. This suggests to me that you simply forgot to save your file after fixing it, which is a very easy thing to forget in Workspaces 🙂
You need to add two )) after the """ in the show_help function.
I had the same problem, the error message is quiet misleading