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Regex email and phone

What is wrong with my code?

contacts = re.search(r'''

    ^(?P<email> [-\w\d+.]+@[-\w\d.]+)
     (?P<phone> \d{3}-\d{3}-\d{4})$

    ''', string, re.M)

[MOD: added ``\python formatting -cf]

1 Answer

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,404 Points

Your regex group patterns are correct, but the outer regex code has errors:

  • Do not use the start anchor (^) or the end anchor ($) since the pattern you are looking for doesn't start or end within the target string
  • There is a ,\s missing between the two group patterns. It is necessary to consume the comma and space there.
  • The re.X (verbose) switch is needed if you want to use extra whitespace for readability. Usage re.X | re.M

Post back if you need more help. Good luck!!