# R Error: Unexpected Symbol in X (2 Examples)

In this tutorial, I’ll show how to **fix the error message “unexpected symbol in X”** in the R programming language.

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## Example 1: Reproduce the Error: unexpected symbol in X

Example 1 explains how to replicate the error message “unexpected symbol in X” in R. Consider the following numeric vector:

x <- 1:3 # Example vector in R x # Print vector # 1 2 3 |

x <- 1:3 # Example vector in R x # Print vector # 1 2 3

Now, let’s assume that we want to multiply this vector by five:

5 x # Reproducing error message # Error: unexpected symbol in "5 x" |

5 x # Reproducing error message # Error: unexpected symbol in "5 x"

The error occurs. Why? What happened? That’s what I’ll explain next…

## Example 2: Fix the Error: unexpected symbol in X

This Example explains how to get rid of the error message “unexpected symbol in X”. In the following R code we are inserting a mathematical operator (i.e. *) between our multiplier 5 and our vector:

5 * x # Insert mathematical symbol # 5 10 15 |

5 * x # Insert mathematical symbol # 5 10 15

Now, it works!

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Summary: This article showed how to **solve the error “unexpected symbol in X”** in the R programming language. In case you have any further questions and/or comments, please let me know in the comments section below.

## 2 Comments. Leave new

I am having the same error and wonder how to fix it?

$grid_clas

Error: unexpected ‘$’ in “$”

Hey Coly,

Could you share the code that has returned this error?

Regards,

Joachim