LINQ Question, avoid selecting into from anonymous

I am new to LINQ I have a property,  Instead of selecting into an anonymous list then looping through and creating  a list of strings,  I would like to select right into a list of strings??? Is this possible?

         get {

                var navList = (
                from a in db.ArticleCategories
                select new

//would like to avoid this and select right int a list of strings to return

                List<String> ad = new List<String>();
                foreach (var v in navList)
                return ad;            
Charles BaldoSoftware DeveloperAsked:
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käµfm³d 👽Commented:
You don't necessarily need the anonymous object creation, but the call to ToList makes complete sense. Personally, I would shorten this to use the method syntax of LINQ:


ad = db.ArticleCategories.Select(a => a.Category).ToList();

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Fernando SotoRetiredCommented:
Hi  charlesbaldo;

The reason you are getting a List of Anonymous type into the list is because you are using the new key word in the query. Remove the new keyword and just select Category from the ArticleCategories object as shown below.

 var navList = ( from a in db.ArticleCategories
                 select a.Category ).ToList();

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Charles BaldoSoftware DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Perfect, the addition of the explanation of the new keyword effects made me understand it
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