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I have a string like this:

string="there is a humble-bee in Hanna's garden";

Now I want to exclude those words that contain "-" and "'". My own solution would be:

StringDelete[string,Cases[StringSplit[string," "], _?(StringContainsQ[#, {"'", "-"}] &)]]

so the outcome is:

"there is a in garden"

But I was wondering whether there is a more elegant solution?

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    $\begingroup$ Select[StringSplit@string, StringMatchQ[#, WordCharacter ...] &] - you can pick out the words that don't completely contain WordCharacters into a list. $\endgroup$
    – flinty
    Dec 3, 2021 at 12:25

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StringDelete[string, WordCharacter .. ~~ "'" | "-" ~~ WordCharacter ..]
"there is a  in  garden"
StringRiffle @ Select[StringFreeQ["'" | "-"]] @ StringSplit[string]
"there is a in garden"
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You can give a string pattern to "StringDelete" like:

string = "there is a humble-bee in Hanna's garden";
pat = WordCharacter ... ~~ ("-" | "'") ~~ WordCharacter ...;
StringDelete[string, pat]
(*"there is a  in  garden"*)
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