[Python-ideas] Should a single/double quote followed by a left parenthesis raise SyntaxError?

Skip Montanaro skip.montanaro at gmail.com
Wed Jul 15 17:54:59 CEST 2015

On Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 10:40 AM, Jacob Niehus <jacob.niehus at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> '%s' ('abc')
> yields a TypeError.
> My question is whether this should be caught as a syntax error instead
> of a runtime error.

It would only partially solve the problem (I think) you are trying to
solve. Consider this syntactically valid case:

>>> s = "%s"
>>> s ("abc")
TypeError 'str' object is not callable

The TypeError tells you exactly what the problem is. A SyntaxError
would catch the case where you try to call a string literal, but not a
string object.


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