Pig Latin got me lost on .length

Pig Latin got me lost on .length


Hey Guys,
I was just doing Pig Latin and I managed to figure it out alright, but I came across something weird.
When I used the second regex to select the initial consonants, it logs them, but the .length property only comes up as 1?
I just tested it again and even 5 letters shows up as .length = 1

Is there something I’m missing here?

Your code so far

function translatePigLatin(str) {
	let regex = /\b[aeiou]/g;
	let start = str.match(/\b[^aeiou]+/g);
	return regex.test(str) ? (str) => str.concat("way") : remove(str);

	function remove(str) {
		console.log(start);	           // logs ['gl']
		console.log(start.length);  //  logs 1  ???
		console.log(str.length);	 //   logs 5
		return str.replace(/\b[^aeiou]+/g, "").concat(start + "ay");

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start is an array with one element (a string), so the length of start is 1. The length of the first element of start is 2.


Ahh, I see. It’s clearly written in the docs too :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:.

Could I also ask, what would be the best way to condense the second function “remove()” to arrow function syntax?

When I get it to

(str) => str.replace(/\b[^aeiou]+/g, "").concat(start + "ay")

and place it as the second expression, I just receive [Function] as my answer?

Are some longer functions best left in long format?

const remove = (str) => str.replace(/\b[^aeiou]+/g, "").concat(start + "ay");

NOTE: In order to use a const variable, it must be declared before it can be referenced.


I noticed you are referencing the same regular expression (see below) in two places.


Why not create a variable for this regular expression? Also, I recommend giving each regular expression variable a name which better explains each one’s purpose. It will help make your code more readable.


Ok, I’ve refactored the function to make it more readable. I tried declaring the separate functions before the ternary operator and just having the variables as the expressions but I just receive [Function] as the answer in my repl, and it doesn’t pass the tests in FCC.

I’m sure I did as you mentioned in the previous comment but somethings going wrong?

Without Arrow syntax

function translatePigLatin(str) {
	const reFindVowel = /\b[aeiouAEIOU]/g;
	const reFindConsonant = /\b[^aeiouAEIOU]+/g;
	return reFindVowel.test(str) ? append(str) : remove(str);

	function append(str) {
		return str.concat("way");

	function remove(str) {
		let start = str.match(reFindConsonant);
		return str.replace(reFindConsonant, "").concat(start + "ay");


With Arrow syntax

function translatePigLatin(str) {
	const reFindVowel = /\b[aeiouAEIOU]/g;
	const reFindConsonant = /\b[^aeiouAEIOU]+/g;
	const append = str => str.concat("way");
	let start = str.match(reFindConsonant);
	const remove = str => str.replace(reFindConsonant, "").concat(start + "ay");
	return reFindVowel.test(str) ? append : remove(str);




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