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Using IF statement to check if variable contains ' (pounds) sign in PHP

Hey everyone,

I'm currently working on a PHP project and I came across a situation where I need to check if a variable contains the ' (pounds) sign. I want to use an IF statement to perform a specific action if the variable contains this character.

I've tried using the following code:

```php
if (strpos($myVariable, "'") !== false) {
// do something
}
```

But it doesn't seem to be working as expected. I'm not sure if I'm using the right syntax or if there's another way to achieve this. Could someone please help me out with this?

Thanks in advance!

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thiel.rebecca

Hey,

I have faced a similar issue recently while working on a PHP project. To check if a variable contains the ' (pounds) sign, I took a slightly different approach. Instead of using `strpos()`, I used a regular expression pattern with the `preg_match()` function.

Here's how I accomplished it:

```php
if (preg_match("/'/", $myVariable)) {
// do something
}
```

In this case, the regular expression `/'/` matches the ' (pounds) sign. If the match is found, the IF statement will evaluate to true and allow you to perform your desired action.

I found this method to be effective for my use case, as it provides greater flexibility in dealing with special characters. Give it a try and see if it works well for you too.

Let me know if you have any other questions or if there's anything else I can assist you with.

colton.friesen

Hey there,

I had a similar situation where I needed to check for the ' (pounds) sign in a variable. To accomplish this, I used the `strpos()` function just like you did. However, I realized that the issue was with the character encoding.

In my case, the ' sign was encoded differently due to the character set my script was using. To overcome this, I used the HTML entity code for the ' sign, which is `'`. So, I modified my IF statement as follows:

```php
if (strpos($myVariable, "'") !== false) {
// do something
}
```

This fixed the problem for me, and I was able to properly check for the ' (pounds) sign in the variable. Give it a try and see if it works for you too!

Let me know if you have any further questions or need additional assistance.

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