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Python Python Basics Functions and Looping Raise an Exception

Haley Phares
Haley Phares
1,494 Points

'Return' Outside Function

After I finished applying my code, it told me to 'return' outside function. I don't know what that means.-_-

suggestinator.py
def suggest(product_idea):
        len(product_idea) 
if len(product_idea) <3:
    raise ValueError("You need three or more characters to continue.")
return product_idea + "inator"

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,644 Points

It's not suggesting what to do, it's telling you that you currently have a "return" that is not part of a function. And that causes an error, because "return" is only allowed inside a function.

Check your indentation, and remember that everything that is part of a function must be indented more than the "def" line itself.

Also, putting len(product_idea) on a line by itself doesn't cause an error, but it also does not do anything useful so you might want to remove that line.