# Arrow Functions

A basic arrow function isn’t all that different from a traditional function. The word `function`

gets dropped, and a fat arrow (`=>`

) is added between the parentheses and brackets (`()`

and `{}`

, respectively).

```
// A traditional function
function add (num1, num2) {
return num1 + num2;
}
// The arrow function version
let add = (num1, num2) => {
return num1 + num2;
};
```

**Note:** Named arrow functions have to be written as a function expression. There’s no way to write one as a function declaration.

If your function is only returning a value, as is the case with our `add()`

function, you can simplify the function even further by dropping the curly brackets (`{}`

) and `return`

operator.

```
// returns the value of `num1 + num2`
let add = (num1, num2) => num1 + num2;
```

This only works if the only thing you’re doing is returning a value. If you need to do more stuff with your function, you have to include curly brackets.