A string and an integer to appear in tuple (python 2.7)

Oscar Benjamin oscar.j.benjamin at gmail.com
Wed Mar 13 01:43:54 CET 2013

On 13 March 2013 00:21, Jiewei Huang <jiewei24 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm currently stuck at this question on
> Writing a function len_str that takes a string as an argument and returns a pair consisting of the length of the string and the string itself.
> Example: len_str('Meaning of life') should return the tuple (15, 'Meaning of life').
> I can only think of this :
> len_str = ('welcome to life' )
> print (len(len_str,), len_str)
> However that not an correct answer I need to make a def len_str but I can't seen to get it right.

Perhaps an example will help. Let's say we have a variable called x
that we initialise with

x = 2

Here's a line of code that prints 2*x:

print(2 * x)

This will print out 4 but that's not what you want. Here's a function
that prints its argument multiplied by 2:

def double(y):
    print(2 * y)

Now we have a function and we can call it with


so that it prints 4. Again, though, you didn't want to print it. You
wanted to *return* the value. So here's a function that *returns* 2
times its argument:

def double(x):
    return 2 * x

Now if we do

z = double(x)

z will have the value 4. You can check this with


Try the code above and see if you can apply the same principles to your problem.


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