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I need to obtain a Regular expression pattern which will do the following-
Given an input string, return true if it contains the words APPLE and/or ORANGE but not the word MANGO. The words may appear in any order in the string.

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Input : " I like APPLE and MANGO"        Output : False
Input : "I like APPLE and ORANGE"        Output : True
Input : "I like ORANGE"                          Output : True
Input : "I like MANGO"                           Output : False
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Question by:CuteBug
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by:informaniac
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Try this
(APPLE|ORANGE)
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by:CuteBug
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In this case, the first example will fail (as APPLE is present and so is MANGO, in which case it should have returned false)
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(?!MANGO)(APPLE|ORANGE)
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by:ddrudik
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Regex re = new Regex(@"(?=.*(APPLE|ORANGE))(?!.*MANGO).*",RegexOptions.Singleline);

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And with the addition of the ^ and $ for string boundaries.
Regex re = new Regex(@"^(?=.*(APPLE|ORANGE))(?!.*MANGO).*$",RegexOptions.Singleline);

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Thanks a lot!
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by:ddrudik
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Thanks for the question and the points.
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