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    We might face a situation when we need to add action on tapping a particular word from a string on the iPhone screen like a link or a hashtag etc. Now though we can easily add a UITapGestureRecognizer on a UITextView or UILabel, finding the exact tapped word is tricky. Here is how to do this (using UITextView and UILongPressGestureRecognizer) :

     i) Add gesture recognizer to text view

    UILongPressGestureRecognizer *longPress = [[UILongPressGestureRecognizer alloc]initWithTarget:self action:@selector(longPressResponse:)];
        [textViewDescription addGestureRecognizer:longPress];

       ii) Handle gesture recognizer

    - (void)longPressResponse:(UILongPressGestureRecognizer *)recognizer {
        if (recognizer.state == UIGestureRecognizerStateBegan) {
            CGPoint location = [recognizer locationInView:textViewDescription];
            NSString *tappedWord = [self wordAtPosition:CGPointMake(location.x, location.y)];
            NSLog(@"tappedWord %@",tappedWord);

    iii) Get tapped word

    - (NSString *)wordAtPosition:(CGPoint)position
        //eliminate scroll offset
        position.y += textViewDescription.contentOffset.y;
        //get location in text from textposition at point
        UITextPosition *tapPosition = [textViewDescription closestPositionToPoint:position];
        //fetch the word at this position (or nil, if not available)
        UITextRange *textRange = [textViewDescription.tokenizer rangeEnclosingPosition:tapPosition withGranularity:UITextGranularityWord inDirection:UITextLayoutDirectionRight];
        NSString *tappedWord = [[NSString alloc]initWithString:[textViewDescription textInRange:textRange]];
        int start = [textViewDescription offsetFromPosition:textViewDescription.beginningOfDocument toPosition:textRange.start];
        if (start>0) {
            char lastChar = [textViewDescription.text characterAtIndex:start-1];
            if (lastChar == '#') {
                tappedWord = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"#%@",tappedWord];
        return tappedWord;

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