Having a roadblock with else statements?

Tell us what’s happening:
I believe my syntax to be correct but maybe i’m missing something that someone else can catch that I couldn’t. I’m trying to pass the introducing else statements challenge and seem to have hit a roadblock. I typed in the following code and even tested the output by logging the result into the console. By doing so I have gotten the correct answer but can’t seem to pass the run test. Any ideas? Did I type something somewhere I shouldn’t?

I’ve tried the hint solution to see if I was missing anything and It seems to match. Hope it’s not something super obvious and I look like a complete dummy! cheers.

Your code so far

function testElse(val) {
var result = "";
// Only change code below this line

if (val > 5) {
  result = "Bigger than 5";
} else {
  result =  "5 or smaller";

// Only change code above this line
return result;


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Challenge: Introducing Else Statements

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In your else statement, you have to capitalize the s in “smaller”.

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Of course, appreciate it friend. Worked just fine!

You also generally shouldn’t change code below a comment that says

// Only change code above this line

It’s fine in this case, but generally changes outside of the indicated lines makes the test suite fail.

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Of course, and happy coding!

I’ve spent hours before trying to fix broken code , only to realize it’s a tiny error like that.
It’s super common and all a part of the debugging process :slight_smile:


In my experience through these challenges I haven’t had a problem console logging below the line for quite some time. I just considered logging a test variable or function shouldn’t do that much damage and I could just delete it once I was finished using it. I’ll keep this in mind.

Logging is usually safe, but some of the tests are based on console output so I thought I’d give you a heads up : )

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