# 99 questions/Solutions/16

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(**) Drop every N'th element from a list.

```
dropEvery :: [a] -> Int -> [a]
dropEvery [] _ = []
dropEvery (x:xs) n = dropEvery' (x:xs) n 1 where
dropEvery' (x:xs) n i = (if (n `divides` i) then
[] else
[x])
++ (dropEvery' xs n (i+1))
dropEvery' [] _ _ = []
divides x y = y `mod` x == 0
```

An alternative iterative solution:

```
dropEvery :: [a] -> Int -> [a]
dropEvery list count = helper list count count
where helper [] _ _ = []
helper (x:xs) count 1 = helper xs count count
helper (x:xs) count n = x : (helper xs count (n - 1))
```

Yet another iterative solution which divides lists using Prelude:

```
dropEvery :: [a] -> Int -> [a]
dropEvery [] _ = []
dropEvery list count = (take (count-1) list) ++ dropEvery (drop count list) count
```

A similar approach using guards:

```
dropEvery :: [a] -> Int -> [a]
dropEvery xs n
| length xs < n = xs
| otherwise = take (n-1) xs ++ dropEvery (drop n xs) n
```

Using zip:

```
dropEvery = flip $ \n -> map snd . filter ((n/=) . fst) . zip (cycle [1..n])
```

Using zip and list comprehensions

```
dropEvery :: [a] -> Int -> [a]
dropEvery xs n = [ i | (i,c) <- ( zip xs [1,2..]), (mod c n) /= 0]
```

A more complicated approach which first divides the input list into sublists that do not contain the nth element, and then concatenates the sublists to a result list (if not apparent: the author's a novice):

```
dropEvery :: [a] -> Int -> [a]
dropEvery [] _ = []
dropEvery xs n = concat (split n xs)
where
split _ [] = []
split n xs = fst splitted : split n ((safetail . snd) splitted)
where
splitted = splitAt (n-1) xs
safetail xs | null xs = []
| otherwise = tail xs
```

First thing that came to mind:

```
dropEvery xs n = map fst $ filter (\(x,i) -> i `mod` n /= 0) $ zip xs [1..]
```

The filter function can be simplified as seen above:

```
dropEvery xs n = map fst $ filter ((n/=) . snd) $ zip xs [1..]
```