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how to use Grouping regular expressions ?

A regular expression can have literal characters in it, and also zero-width positional patterns. Each literal character or positional pattern is an atom in a regular expression. You may also group several atoms together into a small regular expression that is part of a larger regular expression. One might be inclined to call such a grouping a "molecule," but normally it is also called an atom.

In older Unix-oriented tools like grep, subexpressions must be grouped with escaped parentheses, e.g. /\(Mary\)/. In Perl and most more recent tools (including egrep), grouping is done with bare parentheses, but matching a literal parenthesis requires escaping it in the pattern (the example to the side follows Perl).

asked Sep 13, 2013 in Regular-exp by rajesh
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answered Sep 13, 2013 by rajesh
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