Finding a string within a string is very easy in PHP. You just have to think of a clear logic to do it. You can use PHP’s built-in strpos() function which can be used to find the occurrence of one string inside another.


$a = 'How are you?';

if (strpos($a, 'are') !== false) 
    // Match found
    echo 'true';

Important Note

Note that the use of !== false is deliberate; strpos returns either the offset at which the needle string begins in the haystack string, or the boolean false if the needle isn’t found. Since 0 is a valid offset and 0 is “falsey”, we can’t use simpler constructs like !strpos($a, 'are').

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