Regular Expressions - Reuse Patterns Using Capture Groups

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So simply from left to right, can someone explain to me how this works/passes? In particular, I do not understand why the “^” or “$” are necessary. Also, just to understand capture groups, is the “\1” (used twice) indicating we want the first capture group to repeat two more times (a total of 3 times) in this example?

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let repeatNum = "42 42 42";
let reRegex = /^(\d+) \1 \1$/; // Change this line
let result = reRegex.test(repeatNum);

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Regular Expressions - Reuse Patterns Using Capture Groups

the anchors ^ and $ match the beginning and end of a string, so that means that your regex will match a string exactly from beginning to end. Otherwise it could match a pattern in the middle of a string with around many different things.

You can use tools like (for JavaScript you need to set FLAVOR to ECMAScript)
and it will give a breakdown like

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