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tuple [ID:753] (12/14)

in series: Python Beginners - Common Variables and Containers

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Tuples are quite similar to lists (as shown earlier). You can bundle several items together which are passed around under one variable, this can be handy.

I'll show you how they work and discuss how they're similar to lists. You might find that you want to ignore them when you're first learning Python and instead focus on using lists, it'll be useful to you to know the syntax for tuples of course.

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to get

<type 'tuple'>

I have to type


but this is not how you showed it in the video.

When I (using Python 2.6.2 on darwin) type in

type(1, )

I get

<type 'int'>


a = (1,)




<type 'tuple'>

Why is that?

There is a discussion on the pronunciation of 'tuple' at <>

When you link to the online Python documentation, you could link to the specific place on the page; tuples are e.g. on <>. What you link to is <>, but there is no anchor named "SECTION007300000000000000000", so the top is shown.

Useful... I wonder if tuples are unique to Python? I have never encountered them before.

A practical real world example will help grasp the cocept in the context intended

Guido van Rossum pronounces ist that way ;-)

On a more serious note: The word "tuple" (if I remember correctly) comes from mathematics (n-tuple). I've never heard anyone pronounce it "'tʌpl", just ˈtuːpɪl or ˈtjuːpɪl (including my maths teachers) but that's just my personal experience.

Lucas, can you give us a reference? I've searched it over internet's English dictionaries, but none seem to specify its pronunciation.

I think it's pronounced ˈt(j)uːpɪl

feedback: You use 'brackets' to refer to the parenthesis, although it would be more precise to say "round-brackets".

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