# Re: Understanding list and scalar context

```Hi Khalil

'say' creates list context. So if 'say' receives the list ('one', 'cd',
'qw') it will print 'abcdqw'.```
```
'reverse' creates list context. So if 'reverse' receives the list ('ab',
'cd', 'qw') it will return a list with the same elements, but with its
order inverted ('qw', 'bc', 'ab').

The catch is that if 'reverse' is forced to be evaluated in scalar
context, then it will 1) concatenate the elements of the list we give to
it, 2) treat the concatenated result as a string and 3) invert the string.

To force one expression to be evaluated in scalar context, you should
give that expression as an argument to the 'scalar' function. So in
reverse(1, 2, 3); 'reverse' is evaluated in *list* context and the list
returned is (3, 2, 1) , but in scalar(reverse(1, 2, 3)) 'reverse' is
evaluated in *scalar* context, so 1, 2, 3 are concatenated to the string
'123', then the string is inverted to '321' and then it is returned by
'reverse'.

Now we come to 'say'. 'say' still creates list context, but the list it
receives from scalar(reverse(1, 2, 3)) is a list of just one element:
the element '321'. So 'say' prints '321'.

If you didn't understand something or if it is still confuse, don't
hesitate to ask further questions. :)

On 18/09/16 12:43, khalil zakaria Zemmoura wrote:
> Hi everyone,
>
> scalar and list context.
>
> Here is the code that I want to understand.
>
> while (<>) { chomp; say scalar reverse; }
>
> Where I'm struggling is : say scalar reverse;
>
> The book says that 'say' impose list context to Its operands. 'reverse'
> impose list context on to its operands and treat them as a list in list
> context and a concatenated string in scalar context.
>
> The questions are:
>
> Is 'say' that is imposing list context in 'reverse' or 'reverse' it self
> treats it's operands in list context or it's both?
>
> The most confusing part:
> There is 'scalar' before 'reverse', so 'reverse' is evaluated in scalar
> context!
> So how can reverse executing in both contexts (list and scalar context)?
>
> I'm sure I missed something.
>
> It will be great if I have more explanation.
>
> Thank you.
> Regards, Zakaria
>

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