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# Return True if the given string contains an appearance of "xyz" where the xyz is not directly preceeded by a period(.). So "xxyz" is True but "x.xyz" is False.

One of the many correct answers is: def xyz_there(str): for i in range(len(str)): if str[i] != '.' and str[i+1:i+4] == 'xyz': return True if str[0:3] == "xyz": return True return False Can anyone explain what the line of code means on line 3? Thanks in advance. Source of qn: codingbat.com

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str[i] != '.' checks if the character at index i is not a dot. str[i+1:i+4] == 'xyz' checks if the substring from indexes i+1 to i+3 is "xyz".

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@Kelvin: Yes, != is the operator to check if the two operands are not equal.

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Zen is right. the third line you are asking is that very logic you need to implement to get the result.

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So is it safe to say that "!=" is exactly "not =="? etc. str[i] == '.' means that both of these operands are equivalent

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Ok it's all clear now. Thank you very much =)

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and you dont need to iterate i up to len(str) but up to len(str)-3

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hi