Confirm the Ending

Learn how to solve the freeCodeCamp algorithm 'Confirm the Ending' using the String.slice() method.

Confirm the Ending

In this freeCodeCamp algorithm we need to check if a given string ends with a specified 'target' string.


Check if a string (first argument, str) ends with the given target string (second argument, target).

This challenge can be solved with the .endsWith() method, which was introduced in ES2015. But for the purpose of this challenge, we would like you to use one of the JavaScript substring methods instead.


  • confirmEnding("Bastian", "n") should return true
  • confirmEnding("Congratulation", "on") should return true
  • confirmEnding("Connor", "n") should return false
  • confirmEnding("Walking on water and developing software from a specification are easy if both are frozen", "specification") should return false
  • confirmEnding("He has to give me a new name", "name") should return true
  • confirmEnding("Open sesame", "same") should return true
  • confirmEnding("Open sesame", "pen") should return false
  • confirmEnding("Open sesame", "game") should return false
  • confirmEnding("If you want to save our world, you must hurry. We dont know how much longer we can withstand the nothing", "mountain") should return false
  • confirmEnding("Abstraction", "action") should return true
  • Do not use the built-in method .endsWith() to solve the challenge.


// Create a function that accepts 2 strings, str and target
    // Slice the end of str so it's the same length as target
    // Compare the newly-sliced str to target
    // Return true or false

Solving the Algorithm

Setting up our function

Let's setup our function to accept two arguments, str and target.

function confirmEnding(str, target) {

Slice the end of str so it's the same length as target

So if we think about this logically, we want to take str and make sure it ends in whatever target is. It shouldn't matter what target is or it's length, we just need to check to make sure it matches the ending of str.

We can accomplish this by using the String.slice() method where we just pass in the beginIndex as per the documentation. The beginIndex to start the slice should be the length of the str minus the length of target which leaves us with just the ending piece of str that is of equal length to target.

Let's try it out:

function confirmEnding(str, target) {
  str = str.slice(str.length - target.length);
  console.log('str:', str);
  console.log('target:', target);
confirmEnding('Open sesame', 'same');

Return the comparison of str and target

Okay, it looks like we've pretty much got the answer we want from the last step. We just need to return the result of a comparison between str and target. Easy enough, right?

function confirmEnding(str, target) {
  return str.slice(str.length - target.length) === target;
confirmEnding('Open sesame', 'same');

Final Thoughts

This freeCodeCamp algorithm was pretty short and sweet for the most part.

Hopefully you found this to be a helpful walkthrough on how to confirm the ending of a string!

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