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st: Using substr with embedded quotes

From   Simone Peart Boyce <>
To   Stata <>
Subject   st: Using substr with embedded quotes
Date   Tue, 5 Feb 2013 07:23:50 -0800 (PST)


I have a string that contains quotes.  When I try to do use substr to extract a portion of this string, substr seems to ignore everything after the quote.  Here is my example.

local if="if type=="breast""
local x=substr("`if'",3,.)
disp "`x'"

Why is "breast" being ignored?

Thanks in advance,
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