# List challenge why is mine wrong

Beginner here,

The solution provided returns the value True and is correct
My solution also provides the value True however when I hit check answer it flags it up and says the answer should have been False.

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Hey there @archtronics and welcome to the forums!! What variables are being used to test the two functions?
Seems odd that the solution would answer `True` and say yours should be `False`.
Could you post a link to the lesson?

Some times two different functions will produce identical results under the right circumstances, but under different circumstances they may vary.

Take a look at how you are defining your variables compared to how the solution does:

``````item_count = lst.count(item)
n_count = lst.count(n)

if item_count > n_count:
``````

What exactly are you comparing here?

Your first variable is indeed the number of times that the lst contains `item`, but if you look at the instructions, it says it want you to see if `item` appears in the list more than `n` times. This would refer to `n` as an integer value (say 6 for example) and you are supposed to see if `item` appears that many times.

Hint if you are still stuck

Since `.count()` return the number of times an object appears in a string or list, than n_count is now equal to the number of times the integer 6 was found in `lst`, instead of the integer value provided 6.

Because of this the function now solves for:

Is the number of times `item` appears in `lst` greater than the number of times `n` apears in `lst`.

`.count()` can be used on both lists and strings, however even though you can count for an integer, or a string, or a boolean, or any other value type I know of within a list, you can only test for a string value within a string:
``````>>> string = "H1 there!"