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Python Regular Expressions in Python Introduction to Regular Expressions Email Groups

Lucas Alexander
Lucas Alexander
3,528 Points

Regex Group Issues

I'm having an issue getting both emails and phone numbers from these strings using regex. I feel my code is similar to the examples but I must be missing something.

emails.py
import re

string = '''Love, Kenneth, kenneth+challenge@teamtreehouse.com, 555-555-5555, @kennethlove
Chalkley, Andrew, andrew@teamtreehouse.co.uk, 555-555-5556, @chalkers
McFarland, Dave, dave.mcfarland@teamtreehouse.com, 555-555-5557, @davemcfarland
Kesten, Joy, joy@teamtreehouse.com, 555-555-5558, @joykesten'''

contacts = re.search(r"""
    ([-\w\d.+]+@[-\w\d.]+) # email
    (\d{3}-\d{3}-\d{4}) # phone number
""", string, re.X|re.M)

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
210,935 Points

You're getting close, but remember that the instructions say, "Name the email pattern email and the phone number pattern phone. The comma and spaces should not be part of the groups."

So at this point:

  • you need tokens to give names to the pattern groups (like "?P<email>")
  • you need to account for the comma and space between (but not part of) the items