Thanks for the help!  I have a question though regarding Peter's reply:

>> s = 'car\nplane\ntrain \n boat' # because of ' the \n is not interpreted as
newline


Currently, my code is:

IO.readlines("input.txt").each do |line|
  lineItem = line.gsub(/\\n/, "\t")
end

How would I use the ' ' with the line variable?

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