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# Python | sum method

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Python's `sum(~)` method adds the items of an iterable from left to right and returns the total.

# Parameters

1. `iterable` | `iterable`

The iterable whose items are to be added. The elements of the iterable should be numbers.

2. `start`link | `number` | `optional`

This value to add to the total. Default is 0.

# Return value

Returns the total sum of items of the provided iterable plus the start if applicable.

# Examples

## Basic usage

To return the sum of elements in the list `numbers`:

``` numbers = [12, 3, 6, 4, 8]sum(numbers) 33 ```

## Start parameter

To specify a start of `10` when summing the `numbers` list:

``` numbers = [12, 3, 6, 4, 8]sum(numbers,10) 43 ```

Note that `10` is added to the sum of the elements in `numbers` (33) giving us a return value of `43`.

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