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4.10. Finding the nth Instance of a Substring
Problem
Given two strings source and pattern, you want to find the nth occurrence of

pattern in source.

Solution
Use the find member function to locate successive instances of the substring you are looking for.
Example 4-17 contains a simple nthSubstr function.
Example 4-17. Locate the nth version of a substring
#include <string>
#include <iostream>
using namespace std;
int nthSubstr(int n, const string& s,
const string& p) {
string::size_type i = s.find(p);
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