## Help me understand the logic why the code is not returning `false` boolean here at once

The code could might feel huge, but my only doubt is in the function

find()

inside the if statement

root == null

See if

root == null

is true, then the

find

function must return

false

right?

But what happens according to debugging is:

Only should print once BUT it print multiple times (!?) --&gt; null Only should print once BUT it print multiple times (!?) --&gt; null Only should print once and it prints one time only as expected! result true

The important part in the above println logs is

Only should print once BUT it print multiple times (!?) --&gt; null

is

root == null

is true and we are entering the

if

block, so the function

find()

at once MUST return

true

and exit right?

But what happens it, the code is seemingly ignoring that and not returning

false

!! and here is where I am confused!

### Code below:

“`kotlin

class TwoSumIV {

```
class TreeNode(var `val`: Int = 0) { var left: TreeNode? = null var right: TreeNode? = null } fun findTarget(root: TreeNode?, k: Int): Boolean { val set: MutableSet&lt;Int?&gt; = HashSet&lt;Int?&gt;() return find(root, k, set) } fun find(root: TreeNode?, k: Int, set: MutableSet&lt;Int?&gt;): Boolean { if (root == null) { println("Only should print once BUT it print multiple times (!?) --&gt; \${root?.`val`}") return false } else if (set.contains(k - root.`val`)) { println("Only should print once and it prints one time only as expected!") return true } set.add(root.`val`) return find(root.left, k, set) || find(root.right, k, set) }

```

}

fun main() { val root = TwoSumIV.TreeNode(5) root.left = TwoSumIV.TreeNode(3) root.right = TwoSumIV.TreeNode(6)

```
println(root) val twoSumIV = TwoSumIV() val result = twoSumIV.findTarget(root, 9) println("result \$result")

```

} “`

submitted by /u/Kaori_iu