I am a beginner with only about 2 months under my belt. I'm learning Python 3 using the Automate the Boring Stuff with Python manual. In the chapter on reading and writing files one of the exercises is to make a program that would fill in a mad lib that was read from a file. It works, but it's not very elegant. Can anyone offer me advice on how to better do this task or a better direction to go?
# madLibs.py import re, os # define regex verbRegex = re.compile(r'verb', re.I) nounRegex = re.compile(r'noun', re.I) adjectiveRegex = re.compile(r'adjective', re.I) # change directory os.chdir('C:\\MyPythonScripts') # read contents of madLib.txt and store it in variable madLib madLibFileObject = open('madLib.txt') madLib = madLibFileObject.read() y = 0 newMadLib =  for word in madLib.split(): newMadLib.append(word) if verbRegex.search(word) != None: x = input('Enter VERB: ') newMadLib[y] = x elif nounRegex.search(word) != None: x = input('Enter NOUN: ') newMadLib[y] = x elif adjectiveRegex.search(word) != None: x = input('Enter ADJECTIVE: ') newMadLib[y] = x y += 1 newMadLib = (' ').join(newMadLib) print(madLib) print (newMadLib)