# How do I use a list from a different function?

``````cards1 = ['a','b','c','d','e','f','g','h','i','j','k','l','m','n','o','p','q','r','s','t','u','v']
def piles(cards1):
print("You must remember what card is yours!")
pile = [[],[],[]]
first = 0
second = 1
third = 2
for i in range (7):
pile.append(cards1[first])
pile.append(cards1[second])
pile.append(cards1[third])
first += 3
second += 3
third += 3
print(pile)
return(pile)
piles(cards1)

def sorting_piles():

sorted_piles = []
final_pile = []
which_pile = int(input("Which card is your pile in, 1,2 or 3?"))

for i in range (2):
while which_pile not in(1,2,3):
which_pile = int(input("Invalid input. Which card is your pile in, 1,2 or 3?"))
if which_pile == (1):
sorted_piles.append(pile[2,0,1])
elif which_pile == (2):
sorted_piles.append(pile[2,1,0])
else:
sorted_piles.append(pile[1,2,0])
print("This is now the new pile:",sorted_piles)

for i in range(7):
final_pile.append(sorted_piles[i-1])
for i in range(7):
final_pile.append(sorted_piles[i-1])
for i in range(7):
final_pile.append(sorted_piles[i-1])
return(final_pile)
sorting_piles()
```
```

Whenever I run this code, the first function runs perfectly and I am able to input which pile my card is in but after I input, I get this error message:

NameError: name 'pile' is not defined

How do I make the second function recognise the list 'pile'? Thanks

You have no variable that is catching the output being returned from the function definition. You need this :

``````pile = piles(cards1)
```
```