Trouble with INSERT in MYSQL with PHP

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Trouble with INSERT in MYSQL with PHP

I am using this script to insert data from a Form into a Database. I am new to PHP and trying to learn. However, after 3 days of banging my head I still cannot make this script Insert data to my MySQL Database.
When I insert the First name and Last Name into the form and click Submit, I receive the following error:

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Parse error: syntax error, unexpected $end in /home/www/DOMAIN/admin/insert.php on line 34

However, line #34 is about two lines after the PHP scrip has closed. Can someone tell me what I am doing wrong?
Here is My Form and my INSERT.PHP script I am using for my Form.


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<h1>A small example page to insert some data in to the MySQL database using PHP</h1>

<form action="insert.php" method="post">
Firstname: <input type="text" name="fname" /><br><br>
Lastname: <input type="text" name="lname" /><br><br>
<input type="submit" />


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// Connection data (server_address, database, name, password)
$hostdb = 'localhost';
$namedb = 'XXX_test';
$userdb = 'XXX_test';
$passdb = 'XXXXX';

try {
  // Connect and create the PDO object
  $conn = new PDO("mysql:host=$hostdb; dbname=$namedb", $userdb, $passdb);
  $conn->exec("SET CHARACTER SET utf8");      // Sets encoding UTF-8

  // Define an insert query
  $sql = "INSERT INTO `nametable` (`fname`, `lname`)
   ('$_POST[fname]'), ('$_POST[lname]');
  $count = $conn->exec($sql);

catch(PDOException $e) {
  echo $e->getMessage();

// If data added ($count not false) displays the number of rows added
if($count !== false) echo 'Number of rows added: '. $count;

  $conn = null;        // Disconnect

Welcome to this website and forum.
In your script there are various errors with quotes using.
1. First, it is indicated to put "value" to tthe Submit button:

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<input type="submit" value="Send" />

2. The quotes in $ _ POST must be put to name / key:

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So, the Insert query should be:

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$fname = $_POST['fname'];
$lname = $_POST['lname'];
$sql = "INSERT INTO `nametable` (`fname`, `lname`) VALUES ('$fname', '$lname')";

Sorry for delayed response, I was away. Thank you for the code corrections. I will make the changes and try it out.
Is there a link you can suggest which describes the correct use of quotes? Both single and double quotes?
Again, thank you for your help!

A documentation complete about Strings and Quotes in php you can find to this page: PHP Strings (in the php manual from
- Or, you can find variouus articles about this subject if you search on internet: "php strings and quotes".

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