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Python Introducing Lists Using Lists Continental

Looking to understand answer to quiz on for statement and lists

I'm looking to understand what the "f" in the print statement means? Am I telling it to print the for loop?

continents.py
continents = [
    'Asia',
    'South America',
    'North America',
    'Africa',
    'Europe',
    'Antarctica',
    'Australia',
]
# Your code here
for continent in continents:
    if continent[0] == "A":
        print(f"* {continent}")

2 Answers

It's an f-string, or formatted string literal.

print(f"* {continent}") is another way to write print("* {}".format(continent)) or print("* " + continent)

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,921 Points

That's part of an advanced string formatting syntax, and it probably has not been introduced in the course(s) yet.

The real mystery is, if you aren't familiar with what it's for, how did you happen to write the code this way for the challenge?   :speak_no_evil:

LOL the hints in the quiz helped me get there - though I didn't understand what I was doing

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,921 Points

You can also resolve the challenge using the formatting methods that have already been covered.   :wink: