Reduce and forEach

Reduce and forEach

I came across a puzzle that I’m attempting to solve and I help in clarifying whether I’ve got a clear resolution.

So, there’s a challenge that could be solved by either reduce or forEach:

I solved with reduce and that solution I used a return statement on reduce as you do(arr.reduce((acc, cum)=>).

I used the same return statement on forEach and it did not pass the challenge.
return arr.forEach((item)=>
So the return statement snagged something in the forEach’s functionality that caused the code not to work.
I researched a bit on reddit and I came up with this explanation for my own notes. I would like someone to tell me if what I’m saying is logical in relation to the functionality of reduce and forEach. If not, where have I misunderstood. Explanation is below. Thank you.

I think this is because in essence the reduce method aggregates all data in whatever specified to aggregate it and forEach simply executes the provided function linearly within the data. With reduce there appears to be more flexibility and so the return method works with reduce because it is a holistic method as oppose to forEach which will be very exact in execution upon data but does not step outside of that particular functionality.

forEach doesn’t return anything, reduce returns the result of running the reducer callback function.

forEach desn’t return anything, they are different. If you are using forEach, you must fill other array with data from forEach. With reduce you must only return the value. They have different purpose.

reduce can be used to do basically anything, but that doesn’t mean that you should, reduce’s most common use is basically to, well, reduce an array into a single value, wheter that’s another array, an object, a number or even a string.
forEach will execute a callback for each item in the array that’s given to it and nothing will be returned.