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ltrim() Not working as expected

Let's say that I want to remove "This " from "This is some easy text", I would then try to do something like:

$text = "This is some easy text";
$strip = "This ";
$text = ltrim($text, $strip);
echo $text;

You'd think that I'd get "is some easy text" displayed to the console, but instead I get "ome easy text", I know the white space along with "is s" get trimmed because they are in the character_mask parameter but how then would you trim only the word "This " and nothing else, is there any way to do this?

1 Answer

Jennifer Nordell
Jennifer Nordell
Treehouse Teacher

Hi there! I'm not a PHP expert, but I whipped this up in a workspace using the strstr function. I think it does what you want it to do.

$text = "This is some easy text";

$first_word = strstr($text, ' ', true);
echo "$first_word\n";

$without_first_word = strstr($text, ' ');
echo "$without_first_word\n" ;

You can find the documentation on this function here.

Hope this helps! :sparkles: