[Tutor] print() invalid syntax error

Alan Gauld alan.gauld at btinternet.com
Wed Dec 24 01:16:37 CET 2014

On 23/12/14 18:27, stuart kurutac wrote:
> Hello all,
> I've come across an invalid syntax error on 2 occassoins now.
 > For the life of me I can't see what's wrong.

>          finish = (int(input("Finish: "))
>          print("word[", start, ":", finish, "] is", end=" ")

> When I run this through the terminal in linux using python3 I get the following:
>    File "pizza_slicer.py", line 32
>      print("word[", start, ":", finish, "] is", end=" ")
>          ^
> SyntaxError: invalid syntax

Adam has told you what is wrong but, for reference, Python points to the 
"wrong" line because, with the missing parens, it sees your code

finish = (int(input("Finish: ")) print("word[", ....

And its illegal to have a print() immediately after an int() call.
So it flags the print statement as illegal.

The lesson is that when you get a syntax error thats not obvious check 
the line or two above as well. Unbalanced quotes or parens/brackets are 
often the cause.

Alan G
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