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Star Wars Problem


Here's a quote from Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones .

quote = """You wanna buy 20 death sticks for 8 dollars?
You don't want to sell me 20 death sticks.
How about 120 death sticks for 80 dollars?
No.
9 death sticks for 2 dollars?
Yeah I'll go for that."""

Alter the quote so that 20 death sticks, 120 death sticks, and 9 death sticks become some death sticks.

Expected result
newquote = """You wanna buy some death sticks for 8 dollars?
You don't want to sell me some death sticks.
How about some death sticks for 80 dollars?
No.
some death sticks for 2 dollars?
Yeah I'll go for that."""
Regex Functions
Function Description Return Value
re.findall(pattern, string, flags=0) Find all non-overlapping occurrences of pattern in string list of strings, or list of tuples if > 1 capture group
re.finditer(pattern, string, flags=0) Find all non-overlapping occurrences of pattern in string iterator yielding match objects
re.search(pattern, string, flags=0) Find first occurrence of pattern in string match object or None
re.split(pattern, string, maxsplit=0, flags=0) Split string by occurrences of pattern list of strings
re.sub(pattern, repl, string, count=0, flags=0) Replace pattern with repl new string with the replacement(s)
Regex Patterns
Pattern Description
[abc] a or b or c
[^abc] not (a or b or c)
[a-z] a or b ... or y or z
[1-9] 1 or 2 ... or 8 or 9
\d digits [0-9]
\D non-digits [^0-9]
\s whitespace [ \t\n\r\f\v]
\S non-whitespace [^ \t\n\r\f\v]
\w alphanumeric [a-zA-Z0-9_]
\W non-alphanumeric [^a-zA-Z0-9_]
. any character
x* zero or more repetitions of x
x+ one or more repetitions of x
x? zero or one repetitions of x
{m} m repetitions
{m,n} m to n repetitions
{m,n} m to n repetitions
\\, \., \* backslash, period, asterisk
\b word boundary
^hello starts with hello
bye$ ends with bye
(...) capture group
(po|go) po or go

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