Line Breaks in Python

When learning basic Python, I had to restructure the way I looked at things. An early problem I encountered was the simple task of printing output to new lines, one after the other.

As I found out, it wasn’t as easy as pressing the ‘Enter’ key on my keyboard and hoping for the best.

Example

Let’s say I want to print the following sentence:

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

In Python, I would do it as such:

print('The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog')

That’s fine as it is, but if I wanted to make sure Python printed the sentence like this, how would I go about it?

The quick brown fox

jumps over

the lazy dog.

In Python, one way to make a new line for a String is to use the line break utility ‘\n‘. Note that we must use ‘\n’ as a String data type itself.

So to output the sentence as we want it, our code will now look like:

print(
     'The quick brown fox'
     '\n' 'jumps over'
     '\n' 'the lazy dog'
     )

This code returns exactly the output we want.

>>>
  The quick brown fox
  jumps over
  the lazy dog
>>>     

I hope this has helped.



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