[Solved] Cannot convert lambda expression to type ‘string’ because it is not a delegate type [duplicate]

I am using a LINQ lambda expression like so:

int Value = 1;
qryContent objContentLine;

using (Entities db = new Entities())
{
    objContentLine = (from q in db.qryContents
                      where q.LineID == Value
                      orderby q.RowID descending
                      select q).FirstOrDefault();
}

However, I am getting the following error:

Cannot convert lambda expression to type ‘string’ because it is not a delegate type

Solution #1:

I think you are missing using System.Linq; from this system class.

and also add using System.Data.Entity; to the code

Respondent: S. S. Rawat

Solution #2:

In my case, I had to add using System.Data.Entity;

Respondent: skb

Solution #3:

My case it solved i was using

@Html.DropDownList(model => model.TypeId ...)  

using

@Html.DropDownListFor(model => model.TypeId ...) 

will solve it

Respondent: user4238584

Solution #4:

If it’s not related to missing using directives stated by other users, this will also happen if there is another problem with your query.

Take a look on VS compiler error list :
For example, if the “Value” variable in your query doesn’t exist, you will have the “lambda to string” error, and a few errors after another one more related to the unknown/erroneous field.

In your case it could be :

objContentLine = (from q in db.qryContents
                  where q.LineID == Value
                  orderby q.RowID descending
                  select q).FirstOrDefault();

Errors:

Error 241 Cannot convert lambda expression to type ‘string’ because it is not a delegate type

Error 242 Delegate ‘System.Func<..>’ does not take 1 arguments

Error 243 The name ‘Value’ does not exist in the current context

Fix the “Value” variable error and the other errors will also disappear.

Respondent: AFract

Solution #5:

For people just stumbling upon this now, I resolved an error of this type that was thrown with all the references and using statements placed properly. There’s evidently some confusion with substituting in a function that returns DataTable instead of calling it on a declared DataTable. For example:

This worked for me:

DataTable dt = SomeObject.ReturnsDataTable();

List<string> ls = dt.AsEnumerable().Select(dr => dr["name"].ToString()).ToList<string>();

But this didn’t:

List<string> ls = SomeObject.ReturnsDataTable().AsEnumerable().Select(dr => dr["name"].ToString()).ToList<string>();

I’m still not 100% sure why, but if anyone is frustrated by an error of this type, give this a try.

Respondent: Matthew

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