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\b[\w']+\b
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gm
\b assert position at a word boundary: (^\w|\w$|\W\w|\w\W)
Match a single character present in the list below
[\w']
+ matches the previous token between one and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
\w matches any word character (equivalent to [a-zA-Z0-9_])
' matches the character ' with index 3910 (2716 or 478) literally (case sensitive)
\b assert position at a word boundary: (^\w|\w$|\W\w|\w\W)
Global pattern flags
g modifier: global. All matches (don't return after first match)
m modifier: multi line. Causes ^ and $ to match the begin/end of each line (not only begin/end of string)
Your regular expression does not match the subject string.Try launching the debugger to find out why.

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gm

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