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or StringExpression[s1,s2,]
represents a sequence of strings and symbolic string objects .


  • yields an ordinary string obtained by concatenating the characters in the .
  • The following objects can appear in StringExpression:
  • "string"a literal string of characters
    _any single character
    __any substring of one or more characters
    ___any substring of zero or more characters
    , , x___ substrings given the name x
    x:patternpattern given the name x
    pattern..pattern repeated one or more times
    pattern...pattern repeated zero or more times
    or a pattern matching at least one of the
    patt/;conda pattern for which cond evaluates to True
    pattern?testa pattern for which test yields True for each character
    Whitespacea sequence of whitespace characters
    NumberStringthe characters of a number
    DatePattern[spec]the characters of a date
    charobjan object representing a character class (see below)
    RegularExpression["regexp"]substring matching a regular expression
    StringExpression[]an arbitrary string expression
  • The following represent classes of characters:
  • {c1,c2,}any of the
    Characters["c1c2"]any of the
    CharacterRange["c1","c2"]any character in the range to
    HexadecimalCharacterhexadecimal digit 0-9, a-f, A-F
    DigitCharacterdigit 09
    WhitespaceCharacterspace, newline, tab, or other whitespace character
    WordCharacterletter or digit
    Except[p]any character except ones matching p
  • The following represent positions in strings:
  • StartOfStringstart of the whole string
    EndOfStringend of the whole string
    StartOfLinestart of a line
    EndOfLineend of a line
    WordBoundaryboundary between word characters and others
    Except[WordBoundary]anywhere except a word boundary
  • When constructs like or are present, there may be several different ways in which a given StringExpression can match a particular string.
  • By default, the Wolfram Language will use the one that makes pattern elements that appear earlier in the StringExpression match the longest possible substrings.
  • The following determine which match will be used if there are several possibilities:
  • Shortest[p]the shortest consistent match for p
    Longest[p]the longest consistent match for p (default)
  • In matching ordinary expressions instead of strings, the shortest instead of the longest consistent match is used.
  • StringExpression objects can be used in many string manipulation functions, including StringReplace, StringCases, StringSplit, and StringMatchQ.
  • StringExpression has attributes Flat and OneIdentity.

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A string expression representing the string followed by any single character:

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This makes a replacement for each occurrence of the string pattern :

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Give all pairs of identical characters in the string:

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Introduced in 2004
| Updated in 2008