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2 posts were split to a new topic: Why is This Code Not Passing?

I have created the following code, but I want it to do something else:

shopping_list1 = ['apple', 'kale', 'chicken', 'salmon']
shopping_list2 = ['banana', 'eggplant', 'snacks', 'wholewheat bread']

for a,b in zip(shopping_list1, shopping_list2):
  if a == 'snacks':
    print a, " is not a very good choice!"
  elif b == 'snacks':
    print b, " is not a very good choice!"
    print "Buy " + str(a) + " and " + str(b)

I want it to go over both lists, take out the bad choices and print out a combined shopping list with the healthy options. Can someone help me do that? I tried:

if a == 'snacks':
    print a, " is not a very good choice!"
    shopping_list1 -= a
  elif b == 'snacks':
    print b, " is not a very good choice!"
   print a, " is not a very good choice!"
    shopping_list2 -= b

okay, but this:

shopping_list1 -= a

won’t work, how would python know what subtracting a string from a list is suppose to mean? Removing from the list you are looping over isn’t a good idea anyway, has all kind of unintended consequences.

its better to create new list(s) with the results you want.

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Some food for thought (not lesson solution)…

>>> shopping_list1 = ['apple', 'kale', 'chicken', 'salmon']
>>> shopping_list2 = ['banana', 'eggplant', 'snacks', 'wholewheat bread']
>>> healthy_food_list = []
>>> unhealthy_food_list = ['snacks']
>>> for a, b in zip(shopping_list1, shopping_list2):
    c = 0
    if a not in unhealthy_food_list: healthy_food_list.append(a)
    else: c += 1; d = a
    if b not in unhealthy_food_list: healthy_food_list.append(b)
    else: c += 1; d = b
    if c: print (d + ' is not a very good choice!')

snacks is not a very good choice!
>>> print ('Buy these items: \n    ' + ',\n    '.join(healthy_food_list))
Buy these items: 
    wholewheat bread

Thanks for both of the replies. I can definitely work with this and solve my problem.

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for non native english speakers, the instructions are confusing. can it be rephrase like this?

Build your for/else statement in the editor. Execution of the else branch is optional, but your code should print something (at least).

How could I get this to print the the string variable correctly?

st = "This is a string"
for s in st:
    if s.isalpha():
        print(" "),
    print('\nThis is the end of the string')
T h i s   i s   a   s t r i n g 
This is the end of the string

In Python 3 it would be

st = "This is a string"
for s in st:
    if s.isalpha():
        print(s, end="")
        print(" ", end="")
    print('\nThis is the end of the string')
This is a string
This is the end of the string

in python2, print is statement, so then it would be:

print s,

the comma means print on the same line. If i remember correctly, python2 has reached EoL so not much longer relevant to remember.

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Why is it not looping through the whole list till after the question?

nuts = ['peanuts','cashews', 'almonds', 'pecans']

for index, n in enumerate(nuts):
  print index + 1, n
  what_nut = raw_input('What kind of nuts do you have?')
   if what_nut == "peanuts":
      print "sorry I'm allergic"
  print "I'd Love some"

Unmatched indent. One suspects you do want to break at this point. The indentation should match that of the line above it. It is the price of mixing tabs and spaces. Make them both the same and this should be okay.

characters = [ ‘obedient’, ‘loyal’, ‘neat’, ‘disrespectful’]
print ‘A Child is…’
for c in characters:
if c == ‘disrespectful’:
print ‘And not disrespectful’
print ‘A’,c
print ‘that is all’
why is it not printing my list and prints the else loop thrice