I don't feel that I understand what you are getting, based on the snippet of source code that I see ... but here is one important thing to keep in mind: the difference between single and double quotes.
A string such as 'This is $name' will be output literally as it appears, whereas a string in double quotes such as "This is $name" will have the variable-name interpolated. That is, if $name is Fred, you get: This is Fred in the second case but not the first.
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