How to replace a string defined by starting and ending index by another string in R?

string <- "this is a funny cat"

I want to replace the first 15 characters of string with ‘orange`. The desired output is

'orange cat'

However, using substr gives me

substr(string, 1, 15) <- "orange"
> string
[1] "oranges a funny cat"

which is not the desired output.

>Solution :

The output of substr should be the pattern of sub.

string <- "this is a funny cat"

sub(substr(string, 1, 15), "orange", string)
[1] "orange cat"

Or directly replace the first 15 characters in sub.

sub("^.{15}", "orange", string)
[1] "orange cat"

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