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  • The preceding element is optional. Either zero or one of the element may appear in the match text.

    #!/usr/bin/env ruby

    # Read a <a href="/od/glossary/g/string.htm">string</a> from the keyboard
    # Print "success" if the string contains
    # either the word "best" or "beast".
    word = gets.chomp

    if word =~ /bea?st/
      puts "success"

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