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Python Regular Expressions in Python Introduction to Regular Expressions Name Groups

names.py help getting error "no .groups() attribute. Did you use a match?"

See above

import re

string = 'Perotto, Pier Giorgio'
names = re.match(r'([\w+]),\s(\w*\s\w*)', string)

1 Answer

Stuart Wright
Stuart Wright
41,118 Points

That error simply means that your regular expression pattern hasn't found a match. The actual solution is simpler than what you have posted. In English, you need to match:

  • one or more \w characters (capture as group 1)
  • comma then a space (don't capture)
  • a group of one or more characters from the group \w\s (capture as group 2)

Let me know if you struggle with the syntax, but hopefully the above helps you to arrive at the solution.