FAQ: Introduction to Lists in Python - Growing a List: Plus (+)

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So in the session it gives the example for adding one item to a list by using this code:

my_list + [4]

but when I did that to try it out it didn’t work. I had to type:

my_list = my_list + [4]

and then it would print the list + 4 the other way didn’t throw a code but it didn’t add 4 to the end of my list. Is it not suppose to?

Ok to add, I tried it in terminal, since we set up IPython and I wrote this code:

list = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

list + [4]

the first print statement printed “[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]”
the second printed “[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4]”

So it does work that way! However it doesn’t print that way in the codecademy playground.


Hi, I’m having trouble with running the code in this lesson. It runs but the exercise still says I’ve done it incorrectly despite the “hint” indicating that I have done it correctly. Is there an issue with Codecademy Pro or am I missing something? My code is:

orders = [“daisy”, “buttercup”, “snapdragon”, “gardenia”, “lily”]

Create new orders here:

new_orders = orders + [“lilac”, “iris”]


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Don’t worry. I figured it out. I didn’t realise the exercise was wanting me to create two separate lists.


Yeah, this one threw me for a little while too - for anyone else confused, this guy is right :slight_smile:

I’m still confused. I might need a more explicit answer, please. Thank you.

UPDATE: figured it out. Just declare a new list called new_orders with lilac and iris as list items.

Hi, I have a question. I get that by using Plus we add something at the end of the list, but is there a way to ad something in another place, for example at the beginning or in the middle of it?

list = list + [4]
list += [4]
.extend[4, 5, 6]

list + [4] doesn’t work

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i am still very confused. I don’t understand why Codecademy throws an error when trying to use the same example list + [4].

how to get the output of lists without the [ ] brackets? in the terminal.

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Hi, what does + [4] do exactly? why is it there and what does it do?

If you have a list [2 , 3]
and you do new_list = [2, 3] + [4]
then new_list would be [2, 3, 4]

here’s another one:

alpha = ['a', 'b', 'c']
beta = ['d', 'e']
alphabet = alpha + beta

alphabet would now be ['a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e']


These instructions are ambiguous, though:
“Create a list called new_orders that contains our new orders”

It will accept

new_orders = orders + ["lilac", "iris"]

for step 1, which it should because it adheres to the instructions.
But then on step 2, it does not accept

orders_combined = orders + new_orders

It should be specified that what they actually want in step 1 is a list that contains only our new orders


I had this same issue, thanks. It’s not clear enough!

I have the same question, how would you print the list less brackets and quotes?

for example:

print(“my face”)

The terminal will out put: my face

but if you store the text as a list:

face = [“my face”]

and then print face


the terminal would output [‘my face’]

I’m curious if you can do different lists or set python to print with different text or formatting?

I’m not sure why you don’t need parentheses around orders + new_orders when you type:

new_orders = ['lilac', 'iris']
orders_combined = orders + new_orders

Why does allow me to print that without error? I thought it would have needed to be (orders + new_orders)?

oof. yeah this one’s very confusing

I tried orders += new_orders, and then printed orders and got [‘daisy’, ‘buttercup’, ‘snapdragon’, ‘gardenia’, ‘lily’, ‘lilac’, ‘iris’]. I get the same print out when I use the extend method. It also updates the orders variable without creating the new variable, new_orders, by using orders += [‘lilac’, ‘iris’]

@py4410902729 someone else in another FAQ had mentioned that the +=operator for lists functions exactly like .extend() method - so the same output would be expected. This method is the extension of the + operator that we learn on this exercise in that if you are not looking to create a new variable or list and just looking to update the existing one.

@gr3y_ht @krushnakantchavan559
The square brackets is what distinguish a list of objects versus just a single object. In the example you give, “my face” is just a single string object. List allows you to have multiple different elements stored with indices so you can recall them later.

You can always print individual objects within a list by doing print(list(i)), where i is the position of the object within the list with the first object having i = 0, second object with i = 1 and so on.

For example,

broken_prices = [5, 3, 4, 5, 4] + [4] print(broken_prices[1])
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When using (+), can you add multiple lists?

list_1 = [ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
list_2 = [ 6, 7, 8, 9, 10]
list_3 = [ 11, 12, 13, 14, 15]

full_list = list_1 + list_2 + list_3