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How to fix syntax error message?

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Hi,

I apologize if this seems like a silly question, but I am a new user of python, never programmed before. I am writing a simple program and I get an "invalid syntax" message concerning this line of code:
[monthlySales=float(monthlySales)]

when I try to run the program the only message I am given is this exactly:
"There's an error in your program, invalid syntax"

the word [monthlySales] at the beginning of that line of code is highlighted pink.

This is for an assignment, and try as I might, I just cannot figure it out on my own...

Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks
Ashley
Jan 22 '11 #1
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bvdet
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Ashley,

That is invalid syntax. You cannot make an assignment inside brackets. Example:
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  1. >>> N = 23
  2. >>> [N = float(N)]
  3. Traceback (  File "<interactive input>", line 1
  4.     [N = float(N)]
  5.        ^
  6. SyntaxError: invalid syntax
  7. >>> N = float(N)
  8. >>> N
  9. 23.0
  10. >>> 
Jan 23 '11 #2

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