# Combining two sorted lists in Python

PythonServer Side ProgrammingProgramming

Lists are one of the most extensively used python data structures. In this article we will see how to combine the elements of two lists and produce the final output in a sorted manner.

## With + and sorted

The + operator can join the elements of two lists into one. Then we apply the sorted function which will sort the elements of the final list created with this combination.

## Example

Live Demo

listA = ['Mon', 'Tue', 'Fri']
listB = ['Thu','Fri','Sat']
# Given lists
print("Given list A is : ",listA)
print("Given list B is : ",listB)
res = sorted(listA + listB)
# Result
print("The combined sorted list is : \n" ,res)

## Output

Running the above code gives us the following result −

Given list A is : ['Mon', 'Tue', 'Fri']
Given list B is : ['Thu', 'Fri', 'Sat']
The combined sorted list is :
['Fri', 'Fri', 'Mon', 'Sat', 'Thu', 'Tue']

## With merge

The merge function from heapq module can combine the elements of two lists. Then we apply the sorted function to get the final output.

## Example

Live Demo

from heapq import merge
listA = ['Mon', 'Tue', 'Fri']
listB = ['Thu','Fri','Sat']
# Given lists
print("Given list A is : ",listA)
print("Given list B is : ",listB)
# Merge
res = list(merge(listA,listB))
# Result
print("The combined sorted list is : \n" ,sorted(res))

## Output

Running the above code gives us the following result −

Given list A is : ['Mon', 'Tue', 'Fri']
Given list B is : ['Thu', 'Fri', 'Sat']
The combined sorted list is :
['Fri', 'Fri', 'Mon', 'Sat', 'Thu', 'Tue']