FAQ: Code Challenges: JavaScript Fundamentals - canIVote()


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I need help with canIVote() exercise.
Why this code is wrong?

const canIVote = (age) => {
(age >= 18) ? return true : return false;


const canIVote = (age) => {
(age >= 18) ? return true : return false;


Below is the code I wrote for the canIVote(). When I test the code it holds up but it is telling me I am wrong… confused as to why…
//My Code for canIVote()
const age = 16;
const canIVote = () => age >= 18 ? true : false;

I’m having the same problem as the other two commenters, really hoping someone can help.

My code is as followed:

const canIVote = age => {
age >= 18 ? return true : return false;

I get a SyntaxError for unexpected token return. When I remove return, I don’t get the error code but then the only output of the function when called is “undefined”.

Can anyone help? I’ve gone through my notes and can’t figure out what the problem. If I write it as a regular if/else statement it does work fine, but it’s just the refactored code that I’m having issues with.

I believe I have solved the problem with the ‘undefined’ output. Simply remove the curly brackets from your single line block! I hope this helps.

const canIVote = (age) => age >= 18 ? true : false;

A function body composed of a single-line block does not need curly braces. Without the curly braces, whatever that line evaluates will be automatically returned. The contents of the block should immediately follow the arrow => and the return keyword can be removed. This is referred to as implicit return .


This is what I used, and it worked:

function canIVote(age) {
if (age >= 18) {
return true;
else {
return false;

I really like your 1 line solution.

const canIVote = (age) => age >= 18 ? true:false; I still need to practice more with arrow syntax


What will this expression yield? Answer: A boolean.

Relational expressions are boolean so we never need to write boolean literals. Just return the expression. If the relation is truthy, then true will be returned, else false.

const canIVote = age => age >= 18;

Does this assignment just want a condensed function?

I’m a little confused. I thought for sure this would work. Please help!

Compound comparison operators (inequalities) always have the = written last.




Thank you so much! That was driving me crazy. :relieved:

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That makes so much sense too. As to not interfere with the fat arrow.

I too am having some issues with this piece of code… I feel like it should run, but I keep get an error stating there is an unexpected token in the form of the else. Any suggestions on what I’ve done wrong and why?

const canIVote = age => {
  if (age >= '18') //missing { //Also, assuming age is a number, 18 should not be in qoutes.
    return True;
  } else {
     return False;

By having the 18 in quotes, you are comparing a number to a string.

Hey - thanks for responding - I wondered that but still get the same error messages when I run it?

Oh - never mind - I missed your curly bracket comment - and yes that made all the difference! Thanks heaps.

True and False are not valid primitives. They should be true and false.

Yes - thanks for that!

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Just takes practice to get used to all the necessary curly braces. Before long it will be second nature. Good luck! :grinning:

Cheers! I am finding JavaScript a bigger brain stretch than html and css!

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