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# Difference between append and extend methods in Python

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The below table summarizes the difference between the `list.append(~)` and `list.extend(~)` methods:

Method

Description

`append`

Appends input object at the end of the list.

`extend`

Adds elements to a list by appending each element from the provided iterable.

# Append method

To add the list `['d', 'e']` to the end of list `x`:

``` x = ['a', 'b', 'c']x.append(['d', 'e'])print (x) ['a', 'b', 'c', ['d', 'e']] ```

Note that the list `['d', 'e']` is added as a single element to list `x`.

# Extend method

To add the elements of list `['d', 'e']` to the end of list `x`:

``` x = ['a', 'b', 'c']x.extend(['d', 'e'])print (x) ['a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e'] ```

Note that the individual elements of list `['d', 'e']` are each added to list `x`.

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