JSONPath and JSON with string variables

I went to a JSONPath verification site:

http://jsonpath.curiousconcept.com/

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I have a string: contained within the following JSON object:

{"string":"abc"}

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I used the following JSONPath expression to get the value of "string"

$.string

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and this returned to me the value of

   "abc"

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My qusetion is:  is there a JSONPath expression that I can use that will return the value of "string" without the double quotes enclosing the string, in other words, is there a way to write a JSONPath expression tha twill return the following:

   abc

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Thanks
Anthony LuciaAsked:
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J NUnicorn wranglerCommented:
Im pretty sure this is the standard format of Json

http://json.org/example
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J NUnicorn wranglerCommented:
for more information on json
http://json.org/
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GaryCommented:
It's returning what is expected, the same as if you did

somevar = "abc";

When you work on the value it isn't "abc" you are working on, it will be just abc
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