# Scrabble_score --> similar solutions work, why doesn't mine?

#1

I keep getting the following error message:

"Oops, try again. Your function fails on scrabble_score("pie"). It returns "15" when it should return "5". "

I found very similar solutions to mine in the forum, and I understand why they work. But I do not understand why mine does not, so an explanation would be much appreciated.

``````score = {"a": 1, "c": 3, "b": 3, "e": 1, "d": 2, "g": 2,
"f": 4, "i": 1, "h": 4, "k": 5, "j": 8, "m": 3,
"l": 1, "o": 1, "n": 1, "q": 10, "p": 3, "s": 1,
"r": 1, "u": 1, "t": 1, "w": 4, "v": 4, "y": 4,
"x": 8, "z": 10}

def scrabble_score(word):
total = 0
word = word.lower()
for i in word:
if i in score:
total += total + score[i]

#2

here:

``total += total + score[i]``

`+=` is a short-hand, so if we write it out full:

``total = total + total + score[i]``

that is adding another total, which will create a higher score

either use the shorthand or @aquaphoenix17 suggestion but don't combine them

#3

Here:

``````    for i in word:
if i in score:
total += total + score[i]``````

As @stetim94 said, `total += total + score[i]` is the same as `total = total + total + score[i]`.

However, this is not what we want. To fix this, either remove the `total +` or change the `+=` to an `=`.

#4

you guys are sooooper quick! my compliments and thanks!

#6