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^([^0-9\s_.]+)+[a-zA-Z]*((\s?)*[a-zA-Z](\s?)*)*$
/
g
^ asserts position at start of the string
1st Capturing Group
([^0-9\s_.]+)+
+ matches the previous token between one and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
A repeated capturing group will only capture the last iteration. Put a capturing group around the repeated group to capture all iterations or use a non-capturing group instead if you're not interested in the data
Match a single character not present in the list below
[^0-9\s_.]
+ matches the previous token between one and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
0-9 matches a single character in the range between 0 (index 48) and 9 (index 57) (case sensitive)
\s matches any whitespace character (equivalent to [\r\n\t\f\v \u00a0\u1680\u2000-\u200a\u2028\u2029\u202f\u205f\u3000\ufeff])
_.
matches a single character in the list _. (case sensitive)
Match a single character present in the list below
[a-zA-Z]
* matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
a-z matches a single character in the range between a (index 97) and z (index 122) (case sensitive)
A-Z matches a single character in the range between A (index 65) and Z (index 90) (case sensitive)
2nd Capturing Group
((\s?)*[a-zA-Z](\s?)*)*
* matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
A repeated capturing group will only capture the last iteration. Put a capturing group around the repeated group to capture all iterations or use a non-capturing group instead if you're not interested in the data
3rd Capturing Group
(\s?)*
* matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
A repeated capturing group will only capture the last iteration. Put a capturing group around the repeated group to capture all iterations or use a non-capturing group instead if you're not interested in the data
\s
matches any whitespace character (equivalent to [\r\n\t\f\v \u00a0\u1680\u2000-\u200a\u2028\u2029\u202f\u205f\u3000\ufeff])
? matches the previous token between zero and one times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
Match a single character present in the list below
[a-zA-Z]
a-z matches a single character in the range between a (index 97) and z (index 122) (case sensitive)
A-Z matches a single character in the range between A (index 65) and Z (index 90) (case sensitive)
4th Capturing Group
(\s?)*
* matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
A repeated capturing group will only capture the last iteration. Put a capturing group around the repeated group to capture all iterations or use a non-capturing group instead if you're not interested in the data
\s
matches any whitespace character (equivalent to [\r\n\t\f\v \u00a0\u1680\u2000-\u200a\u2028\u2029\u202f\u205f\u3000\ufeff])
? matches the previous token between zero and one times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
$ asserts position at the end of the string
Global pattern flags
g modifier: global. All matches (don't return after first match)
Your regular expression does not match the subject string.

Regular Expression
No Match

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g

Test String