I am working on a task that will calculate a field to fix errors stemming from the Standardize Addresses tool and human error with the input data.

The script is below. I'm getting Error 000989 "Python syntax error: Parsing error SyntaxError: invalid syntax (Line 6)"

Note: ADDR_SN and ADDR_SD seems to be a truncated output of Street Name and Street Direction (There is some confusion as the Standardize Address tool is new to me)

Any pointers to help fix this code?



ADDR_SN is the Street Name and ADDR_SD is the street direction.

Code Block:

def AddSN2(StNa, STDir):
    if (StNa == "BEND"):
        return (STDir+ +StNa)
    elif (StNa == "CEDAR GARDEN"):
        return (StNa.replace(" ", "")
        return StNa

Script Table

  • 2
    I dunno if this is your issue, but here: return (STDir+ +StNa) should be return (STDir+ ' ' +StNa)
    – Jvhowube
    Feb 6, 2017 at 18:24
  • This is a helpful tip, but it didn't clear the syntax error.
    – Jbarne
    Feb 6, 2017 at 18:27
  • Is the field length of AddSN2 long enough?
    – BERA
    Feb 6, 2017 at 18:27
  • 1
    The row indentation is wrong for the first return statement
    – BERA
    Feb 6, 2017 at 18:29
  • 1
    @BERA although it might look/seem wrong, python will still accept it as there are no other lines in that block with a different indentation
    – Midavalo
    Feb 6, 2017 at 18:47

2 Answers 2


You have a lot of unnecessary and one unclosed parentheses. The unclosed one in line 5 is causing the syntax error to be thrown in line 6. To correct and clean up, try this:

def AddSN2(StNa, STDir):
    if StNa == "BEND":
        return STDir+" "+StNa
    elif StNa == "CEDAR GARDEN":
        return StNa.replace(" ", "")
        return StNa
  • +1 @Jbarne also note that this fixes the + + in line 3 as well (which would have raised an error once the missing parentheses is added into line 5)
    – Midavalo
    Feb 6, 2017 at 18:35

The existing answer certainly addresses your syntax errors. But just from a "code review" perspective that I always found useful when I was learning how to program, here's a more advanced way to write this kind of code that is a bit more generic and therefore easier to extend:

replacements = {
  "BEND": lambda name, dir: " ".join([name, dir)],
  "CEDAR GARDEN": lambda name, dir: name.replace(" ", "")

default = lambda name, dir: name

def format_addresses(name, dir):
    if name in replacements:
        formatting_function = replacements[name]
        formatting_function = default
    return formatting_function(name, dir)

Then, as you go on, it's a bit easier to extend replacements with more formatters: just add a new key/value, with each value being a lambda function that takes the name and direction values). Actually, they don't need to be lambda functions, if you need a bit more logic in a formatter then they can be references to a named function. The point is that it means you only need to adjust the replacements variable, and not the format_addresses function itself.

Another way to write that format_addresses function is:

def format_addresses(name, dir):
    return replacements.get(name, default)(name, dir)

This is even more advanced again, and probably a bit too confusing to be worth it. However I've included it because if you do get your head around it, you'll understand a bit more Python, which can only help you in the future.

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