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Python Regular Expressions in Python Introduction to Regular Expressions Groups

Can anyone tell me what am I missing? "Same" code written in different way not working.

I was just practicing and messing around with regex tools when I tried to use groups to match only the FIRST LINE of the data.

First I tried this and it worked:

print(re.search(r'''(\w+, \w+)\t(\w+@\w+.\w+)\t(\(\d{3}\)\s\d{3}-\d{4})\t(\w+,\s\w+)\t(@\w+)''', data))

# OUTPUT: got back a Match Object containing the entire first line of the string, witch belongs to all Kenneth's infos.

Then, I tried to make this more readable by using this exact same code, only written in multiple lines as re.VERBOSE allows me to do that. So the code turned into this:

    (\w+, \w+)\t
''', data, re.X))

# OUTPUT: None

Why am I getting no match? I thought it was supposed to work the same way as my first try did. I would really appreciate some help! It's bugging me a lot.


1 Answer

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,423 Points

Again with the challenging questions! When using the re.X switch all regular spaces are ignored. In your first group, there is a blank space after the comma that should be replaced with \s. With this change the regex works fine.

Wow! Chris Freeman as always being a LIFE SAVER! Thank you so much!!!