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# Unable to complete Loop Challenge (very confusing)

I am unable to complete this loop challenge despite several tries. I am going to come right out and say it: The way the challenge is EXACTLY written is VERY CONFUSING. Notice that I said the word EXACTLY. The challenge statement itself can be interpreted about 4 different ways. I have tried various combinations.

Let's start with the very first statement 'using the loop construct'. I am interpreting that to mean that I am immediately adding the current value of number to the numbers array and that will immediately be inside of a loop (yes, I tried it outside of the loop just to make sure). What aggravates me is that it says "Inside of the loop"; to me, that tells me that I should be adding the current value of number to the numbers array OUTSIDE and before the loop (if I am reading the statement chronologically, in order etc). See where I am going with this? Very confusing.

Yes, I will admit it as I have admitted it before on the forum here...I am anal and can get tunnel vision and I tend to look at things literally and directly, whatever you want to call it.

Numbers is an array and so I assumed that we use brackets []. Notice that it says to add the number one(1) INSIDE of the loop and not outside; thus that's how I wrote the code. I thought about putting it outside too. The number of Ends matches the number of loops & If statements (total of 2) so we match and we are OK there.

And so I am totally lost on this.....help is appreciated. Thanks.

loop.rb
```numbers = []

number = 0
loop do
numbers[].push(number)
if numbers[] > 3
break
end
number=number+1
end
```

Hey kevin ive noticed a few of the challenges need a little more clarification. Maybe some sort of hint system would work as well. I've entered this code and it passed:

```numbers = []

number = 0
loop do
numbers.push(number)
number += 1
if numbers.length > 2
break
end
end
```

Im a student as well and still learning, but i believe the reason yours didn't pass was that you had "number = number + 1" in the wrong area. it needs to be before the "if - break" statement or else you create an infinite loop. Or possibly because you broke at greater than three so it would actually break when it hit 4 and not 3. maybe someone else with a little more knowledge could say it a little better.

Part of it is indeed the way that I actually learn with my own brain, of course. Part of it is the way the Challenge statement/sentence is written. I think that some of these problems that I am having will indeed go away when I have 'human' interaction in a real environment; I'm working on that. Based on suggestions from others locally that I have met so far (i.e. programmers), it's best to 'pair' with someone locally, such as a volunteer. I haven't done this yet and am still exploring options. At some point soon, I will eventually need the human interaction, face time etc if I am going to really learn this web development stuff.

Hey Kevin, numbers isn't exactly an array. Its a variable that points to an array. The brackets don't need to be included with the numbers variable unless you are looking for a specific index in the array eg. numbers[0] for the first element.

This is the code that will pass the challenge:

```numbers = []

number = 0

loop do
numbers.push(number)
number += 1

if numbers.length >= 3
break
end
end
```

also you need to increment the number by one inside the loop because after each iteration the value will go up, until it eventually equals 3 and that will stop the loop.