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Returning a variable from a function in php (return not working)

Hey folks,

I'm trying to return a variable from a function in PHP, but for some reason, the return statement is not working as expected. Here's an example of my code:

function calculateSum($a, $b) {
$sum = $a + $b;
return $sum;

$result = calculateSum(5, 10);
echo $result;

I expected the code to output `15`, but nothing is being echoed. It seems like the return statement is not doing what it's supposed to. Can anyone help me figure out what might be going wrong here? Is there something I'm missing or misunderstanding about how the return statement works in PHP?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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I faced a similar problem with the return statement in PHP. However, after some debugging, I realized that the issue was caused by a scoping problem within the function. Make sure that the variable you're trying to return is defined within the function's scope and not accidentally defined outside or in a nested scope.

To troubleshoot this, you can try using the `var_dump()` function within the function to check if the variable is being assigned the correct value before the return statement. For example:

function calculateSum($a, $b) {
$sum = $a + $b;
var_dump($sum); // Check the value here
return $sum;

$result = calculateSum(5, 10);
echo $result;

By doing this, you can verify if the variable `$sum` actually holds the expected value. If the `var_dump()` output is as expected, then the issue might lie elsewhere in your code.

Furthermore, ensure that you haven't inadvertently overwritten or modified the value of `$result` after assigning the return value. Double-check if there are any other operations or functions being performed on `$result` that may be affecting its value.

If these steps don't resolve the problem, it'd be helpful to share more specific information or provide a more comprehensive code snippet to delve deeper into the issue. Good luck, and I hope you resolve this soon!


Hey there!

I've encountered a similar issue before, and there are a few things you can check to make sure the return statement is working correctly. Firstly, ensure that the code you posted is not within another function or method. If it is, you need to make sure you are properly handling the return value at the higher level.

Another thing to consider is if any errors are occurring before the return statement. If an error is encountered, the execution of the function may halt, and the return statement won't be reached. You can check for errors by enabling error reporting, using the `error_reporting(E_ALL)` function or checking your error log.

Additionally, ensure that you are calling the function correctly. In your example, you're directly assigning the return value to the variable `$result` and echoing it, which seems correct. Double-check the function name and the number of arguments being passed to avoid any typos.

If none of these suggestions solve the issue, it might be helpful to provide more context or even share the complete code so that others can better assist you. Hopefully, this helps you troubleshoot the problem!

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