The answer is dependent on the version of Python you're running.
On Python 2
raw_input() takes the exact value of what was passed to it, and returns it as a string.
input() is simply a raw_input() that is evaluated. i.e. eval(raw_input))
By implication, input() expects a syntactically correct python statement while raw_input() does not.
On Python 3
raw_input() from Python 2 was renamed to input() in Python 3.
What was previously defined as input() in Python 2 no longer exists in Python 3.
You can replicate the behaviour of the Python 2 input() by wrapping the new input() around the eval() function i.e. eval(input()).
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