# Python 14 - if/elif problem 14

#1

On line 2, fill in the if statement to check if answer is greater than 5.

On line 4, fill in the elif so that the function outputs -1 if answer is less than 5.

if 8>5:
return 1
elif 8<5:
return -1
else:
return 0

print greater_less_equal_5(4)
print greater_less_equal_5(5)
print greater_less_equal_5(6)

It looks like your function output 1 instead of -1 when answer is 3. Make sure you filled in the if and elif statements correctly!

The hint is not helpful at all.

what am I doing wrong?

#2

Letâ€™s look at your `if`/ `elif` statements. Iâ€™ll snip out one for you:

When comparing, we need to compare with our parameter `answer`. Reread the instructions or check the hint in the lesson.

#3

Make sure the if and elif statements end with colons :

Your code should look something like:

if EXPRESSION:

# do something

elif OTHER EXPRESSION:

else:

# do something

#4

Well, did you read what I posted above?

e.g

``````def my_function(parameter): #see our parameter, parameter?
if parameter > 5: #here, we check if parameter is greater than 5.
return 34 #then the function ends when we use the return keyword.

``````

Our parameter `answer` is sort of a placeholder when we insert argument/s when calling it, like how we called it when `print`ing:

#5

if 8<5:
return 1
elif 3<5:
return -1
else:
return 0

print greater_less_equal_5(4)
print greater_less_equal_5(5)
print greater_less_equal_5(6)

It looks like your function output -1 instead of 0 when answer is 5. Make sure you filled in the if and elif statements correctly!

So I made the first one false, it goes to the second one which is true and I get the -1, but that is still wrong.

If I change it again,
if 8<5:
return 1
elif 8<5:
return -1
else:
return 0

print greater_less_equal_5(4)
print greater_less_equal_5(5)
print greater_less_equal_5(6)

It looks like your function output 0 instead of -1 when answer is 3. Make sure you filled in the if and elif statements correctly!

#6

Letâ€™s focus on these two statementsâ€¦

â€¦to check if `answer` is greater than `5`.

Theyâ€™re pretty easy to understand.

Our function is pretty much useless if weâ€™re not going to do anything with our parameter `answer`.

So really, we need to check if `answer` is greater `>` than 5.

Check out my example above

#7

Let me see if I can nudge you a little further,@jeffrobombero, using what @intermediategamer has laid out for you.

Let me ask you a question. Ready? Why are you hard coding 8 in your function? Why?

The function is receiving the number that the function is supposed to compare to 5. That number gets stored in the variable parameter you called `answer`.

When you do `print greater_less_equal_5(4)`, you are passing in a 4 to the function in order to compare that 4 to 5 and get the result back.

Now look at what @intermediategamer laid out for you.

Think about how you are reusing this function over and over again to compare different numbers to 5. You donâ€™t want to hard code in 8 as the parameterâ€™s value. Rather, use the parameter that you defined for that function.

#8

Thank you very much @hellofromtonya!
I was just following the previous example and format used on previous problems.

#9

Well, that makes sense as they were setting you up to think about the problem the function is solving.

Did you get it working for yourself?

#10

Yep, sometimes itâ€™s good to go back and review the previous lessons (and look at the examples here), just to get a better understanding on things. So is your code working then?

#11

It works now and I can move along.
Thanks

#12

Yep, youâ€™re welcome! Happy coding

#13

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