# 99 questions/Solutions/17

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(*) Split a list into two parts; the length of the first part is given.

Do not use any predefined predicates.

Solution using `take`

and `drop`

:

```
split xs n = (take n xs, drop n xs)
```

Or even simpler using `splitAt`

:

```
split = flip splitAt
```

But these should clearly be considered "predefined predicates". Alternatively, we have the following recursive solution:

```
split :: [a] -> Int -> ([a], [a])
split [] _ = ([], [])
split l@(x : xs) n | n > 0 = (x : ys, zs)
| otherwise = ([], l)
where (ys,zs) = split xs (n - 1)
```

The same solution as above written more cleanly:

```
split :: [a] -> Int -> ([a], [a])
split (x:xs) n | n > 0 = let (f,l) = split xs (n-1) in (x : f, l)
split xs _ = ([], xs)
```

Or (ab)using the "&&&" arrow operator for tuples:

```
split :: [a] -> Int -> ([a], [a])
split (x:xs) n | n > 0 = (:) x . fst &&& snd $ split xs (n - 1)
split xs _ = ([], xs)
```

A similar solution using foldl:

```
split :: [a] -> Int -> ([a], [a])
split [] _ = ([], [])
split list n
| n < 0 = (list, [])
| otherwise = (first output, second output)
where output = foldl (\acc e -> if third acc > 0 then (first acc ++ [e], second acc, third acc - 1) else (first acc, second acc ++ [e], third acc)) ([], [], n) list
```

Note that for the above code to work you must define your own first, second, and third functions for tuples containing three elements like so:

```
first :: (a, b, c) -> a
first (x, _, _) = x
second :: (a, b, c) -> b
second (_, y, _) = y
third :: (a, b, c) -> c
third (_, _, z) = z
```

Another foldl solution without defining tuple extractors:

```
split :: [a] -> Int -> ([a],[a])
split lst n = snd $ foldl helper (0,([],[])) lst
where helper (i,(left,right)) x = if i >= n then (i+1,(left,right++[x])) else (i+1,(left++[x],right))
```