I'm a newbie to python and I am having a very hard time trying to solve a homework question that I have. Here it is:

Given a list of items, write a program that generates a list of lists of the following form: [a,b,c,…,z] → [[z], [y,z], [x,y,z], … , [a,b,…,y,z]]

I know that I have to use slicing and I even thought list comprehension may be a good way to solve, but I can not up with the syntax. I tried a for loop, but I think this problem can be solve with out it. Any help would be appreciated.

A hint

from string import ascii_lowercase as letters
print letters[-1:]
print letters[-2:]

print letters[location:]
location -= 1
print letters[location:]

Interesting homework, list() and list-comprehension with step=-1 and slicing [ix:] will get you there easily.

Consider this example:

def ls():
    l = [1,2,3,4,5]
    for i in range(len(l)):
        print l[-(i+1):],

Now try to figure out how to combine those lists and apply what woooee said to get your desired result.

Just a few more hints ...

s = "abcdefg"

for x in range(1, len(s)+1):

Thank you everyone for the help!

Came up with this:

L = ['a','b','c','d','e','f','g','h','i','j','k','l','m','n','o','p','q','r','s','t','u','v','w','x','y','z']

S = []

for i in range(len(L)-1,-1,-1):

Great job. Here's another version of your problem:

print [l[-(j+1):] for j in range(len([l.append(chr(i)) for i in range(97, 123)]))]