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Python: For loop with break

Massimo Scola
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Last Modified: 2017-11-09
I am new to Python and I am trying to understand the FOR loop.

I am have created a function that searches whether a particular name is in a list. If it is, it should return true.
I understand that break exits the loop .. but why does it not in my case?

def nameSearch(names, target):
    for x in names:
        if x == target:
            return True
            break
        else:
            return False

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This is how I call the code:


nameList = ['Smith', 'Jones', 'Turing', 'Bloggs', 'Meyer', 'Hampden']

print()
print('Testing nameSearch()')
print(nameSearch(nameList, 'Turing'))

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Even though Turing is in the list, the compiler returns False.

What am I missing?
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