FAQ: Functions - Parameters & Arguments

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Inside the code:

// Define get_emergency_number() below:

void get_emergency_number(std::string emergency_number){
std::cout << "Dial " << emergency_number;

int main() {

// Original emergency services number
std::string old_emergency_number = “999”;

// For nicer ambulances, faster response times
// and better-looking drivers
std::string new_emergency_number = “0118 999 881 999 119 725 3”;

// Call get_emergency_number() below with
// the number you want!


How come if I put in ‘string emergency_number’ instead of ‘std::string emergency_number’ for the parameter in the ‘void get_emergency_number’ function I get an error?


I answered a very similar question here:

Why doesn’t this work:
// Call get_emergency_number() below with
// the number you want!
std::cout << get_emergency_number(new_emergency_number);

But in 2/10 this works:
// Use rand() below to initialize the_amazing_random_number
int the_amazing_random_number = rand() % 500;
std::cout << the_amazing_random_number;

Hello @srinac.

If you look at the method, get_emergency_number(), what is its return type?


std::cout << needs a value to print. The expression that follows is a method call, so the value to print will be the return value of the method. What does get_emergency_number() return?

how can i call the new_emergency number ??

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Honestly, this exercise is kind of a confusing mess guys, sorry. It was great so far but this is pretty annoying.

I’m being asked to define a function first, but I have to put empty curly brackets before hitting Run to validate it and move on to the next instruction because the actual definition is in step 2…what?

Step 3, I must call the function with “either number”…either of which number? The old or the new? That doesn’t make any sense.

Are we talking about a new number here, or just the one you call when you want better looking drivers? Why is the variable underneath called new_emergency_number?

Why is there a string called old number? I don’t seem to need it? None of the instructions mention it?

Basically now I have fully functioning code that won’t validate a successful exercise because I can’t understand what I’m supposed to do with it.

How about you explain in practice how this function is used so I know what to do with it instead of referencing goofy TV shows and slathering your code with nonsensical comments that have nothing to do with the goal of the function?


Yeah I’m having the same kind of issue with this lesson. I click run to go to the next step and it says I did it wrong, and if I tell it to just show me the solution it’s exactly what I typed, plus the entire rest of the lesson. This is by far the most annoying thing I’ve experienced on Codecademy.

This video helped me. I agree my code wasn’t exactly the same but It worked the exact same way… not sure if thats wrong? I am sure there are best practices involved. Also the last couple of lessons don’t let you compile the code so they have taken away the ability to experiment with different ways to write the code. I also cant find the tab to report the problem.

here is the way I wrote my code.


void get_emergency_number (int num){

std::cout << " The new number is: " << num << “\n”;

//the “num” argument is defined inside the the int main and called to the std::cout statement.

int main(){

// Original emergency services number
std::string old_emergency_number = “999”;

// For nicer ambulances, faster response times
// and better-looking drivers

get_emergency_number (911);


Now if you’re still reading I just checked to see if I could have used there number (0118 999 881 999 119 725 3). It seems that the argument for int cant take more than 8 numbers. That must be why they added a declared a separate variable.

Im having trouble on step 3 it asks me to call it inside main

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