# [Tutor] Python Tutorial Confusion

Ricardo icarrrdo at gmail.com
Mon Aug 24 01:08:12 EDT 2020

```   This is probably a very elementary question/problem to most of you, but
I’m having trouble understanding lines 5 through 10. Can someone explain
it to me?

1  command = ""
2  started = False
3  while True:
4      command = input("> ").lower()
5      if command == "start":
6          if started:
8          else:
9              started = True
10              print("Car started...")
11      elif command == "stop":
12          print("Car stopped.")
13      elif command == "help":
14          print("""
15 start - to start the car
16 stop - to stop the car
17 quit - to end the game
18        """)
19      elif command == "quit":
20          break
21      else:
22        print("Sorry, I don't understand that")

The person conducting the tutorial says line 2 means the car is NOT
started

Line 5 says if command is “start”, it prints “Car Started…” (line10)

Then, line 6 says “if started” meaning if NOT started (because started =
False in line2) then print “Car is already started!”) (line7) which I
don’t understand. Why would it print “Car is already started!” (line7) if
started = false (line2) meaning it is NOT started.

Then line 9 sets started = True and it just confuses me. Sorry for such a
beginner question.

```