Find and Replace Colon Between Numbers

  • Hello all,

    I would like to do find and replace:

    1. Colon between numbers
    2. Dash between numbers

    Matthew 22:23-33

    Matthew 22 verse 23 to 33

    But it does not have impact to other word if it is not between numbers, example= God:

    Please let me know, thank you in advance.

  • @Yohanes-K,

    Matthew 22:23-33
    God said: "Let-there-be-light"
    Score 15-17
    Gen 1:1
    Boring: text


    Matthew 22 verse 23 to 33
    God said: "Let-there-be-light"
    Score 15 to 17
    Gen 1 verse 1
    Boring: text


    • search mode = regular expression
    • find = \d+\K(?:(:)|(-))(?=\d)
    • replace = (?1 verse )(?2 to ) – yes, there are spaces around “verse” and “to” in that expression; copy-paste should work right

    Quick explanation:

    • find one or more digits,
    • reset the search, so those digits aren’t included in the “match text”
    • look for either : (which will be called group 1) or - (which will be called group 2)
    • followed by another digit (but don’t keep this digit in the match, either
    • replace group 1 (if any : matched) with " verse " (including spaces)
    • replace group 2 (if any - matched) with " to " (including spaces)

    Notice my example used counter-examples which don’t match, but might mistakenly do so with a less-than-ideal regex; this makes it much more clear whether the expression is working, or just seems to be working on the positive-match data.


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  • Hi, @yohanes-k, @peterjones, and All,

    Peter, you could, even, have omitted the non-capturing group, giving :

    SEARCH \d+\K(:)|-(?=\d+)

    REPLACE \x20(?1verse:to)\x20

    Be aware, @yohanes-k, to click, exclusively, on the Replace All button ( Due to the \K syntax, the step by step Replace button does not work properly ! )



  • Hello, @yohanes-k, @peterjones, @ekopalypse and All,

    Oh, my bad ! Reading again my post, I just realize that I’m quite wrong and that the Peter’s solution is the right one !

    Why ? because my search regex, in fact, is an alternative between the 2 independent regexes : \d+\K(:) and -(?=\d+) :-((

    Actually, the overall regex must be an alternative between the regexes \d+\K:(?=\d+) and \d+\K-(?=\d+) which may be grouped with a ( non-capturing ) group syntax !

    Now, in order to be more rigorous, we should mention the name of the Four Evangelists. This gives the following regex S/R :

    SEARCH (?-i:Matthew|Mark|Luke|John)\x20\d+\K:(\d+)-(?=\d+)

    REPLACE \x20verse\x20\1\x20to\x20



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