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Python Python Basics Functions and Looping Returning Values

What is the purpose of return instead of a print, if we are going to be using it later?

We could just include the print line inside the function and not use the return keyword. Is there any special ocassion for using return.

Like this:

import math

def split_check(total, number_of_people):
    cost_per_person = math.ceil(total / number_of_people)
    print("Each person owes {}!".format(cost_per_person))

total_due = float(input("What is the total?  "))
number_of_people = int(input("How many people?  "))
split_check(total_due, number_of_people)

2 Answers

Return can be used to store the result of a function so it can be used it later on.

def myAge():
  return 30

# store result of function in variable
age = myAge()

# my age in 10 years

Note that this is a contrived example. Let me know if this helps!

David Marmon
David Marmon
196 Points

not an answer, a question: why 'return' a parameter value? you've already assigned it when you define the parameter.