# VB.Net - Quantifiers

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Quantifiers specify how many instances of the previous element (which can be a character, a group, or a character class) must be present in the input string for a match to occur.

Quantifier | Description | Pattern | Matches |
---|---|---|---|

* |
Matches the previous element zero or more times. | \d*\.\d | ".0", "19.9", "219.9" |

+ |
Matches the previous element one or more times. | "be+" | "bee" in "been", "be" in "bent" |

? |
Matches the previous element zero or one time. | "rai?n" | "ran", "rain" |

{ n } |
Matches the previous element exactly n times. | ",\d{3}" | ",043" in "1,043.6", ",876", ",543", and ",210" in "9,876,543,210" |

{ n ,} |
Matches the previous element at least n times. | "\d{2,}" | "166", "29", "1930" |

{ n , m } |
Matches the previous element at least n times, but no more than m times. | "\d{3,5}" | "166", "17668" "19302" in "193024" |

*? |
Matches the previous element zero or more times, but as few times as possible. | \d*?\.\d | ".0", "19.9", "219.9" |

+? |
Matches the previous element one or more times, but as few times as possible. | "be+?" | "be" in "been", "be" in "bent" |

?? |
Matches the previous element zero or one time, but as few times as possible. | "rai??n" | "ran", "rain" |

{ n }? |
Matches the preceding element exactly n times. | ",\d{3}?" | ",043" in "1,043.6", ",876", ",543", and ",210" in "9,876,543,210" |

{ n ,}? |
Matches the previous element at least n times, but as few times as possible. | "\d{2,}?" | "166", "29", "1930" |

{ n , m }? |
Matches the previous element between n and m times, but as few times as possible. | "\d{3,5}?" | "166", "17668" "193", "024" in "193024" |

vb.net_regular_expressions.htm

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