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# Finding elements that are direct descendants in Beautiful Soup

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To find elements that are direct descendants in Beautiful Soup, use the `find_all(~)` method, passing through `recursive=False`.

Consider the following HTML document:

``` my_html = """   <div id="people">       <p>Alex</p>       <div>          <p>Bob</p>          <p>Cathy</p>       </div>   <div>"""soup = BeautifulSoup(my_html) ```

By default, the `find_all(~)` method looks for matches recursively:

``` for el in soup.find(id="people").find_all("p"):    print(el) <p>Alex</p><p>Bob</p><p>Cathy</p> ```

To look for matches that are direct descendants only, set `recursive=False`, like so:

``` for el in soup.find(id="people").find_all("p", recursive=False):    print(el) <p>Alex</p> ```

Here, there is only one element with the `p` tag that is directly under the `<div id="people">~</div>`.

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