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First of all, do you really need to? Just allow any input, if it does not have the methods you are calling then you will get a suitable AttributeError exception thrown. AKA duck-typing.

If you are sure that you actually have to check the type, use the convenience functions:

sage: from sage.rings.polynomial.polynomial_ring import is_PolynomialRing
sage: is_PolynomialRing('string')
sage: from sage.rings.polynomial.multi_polynomial_ring import is_MPolynomialRing
sage: is_MPolynomialRing('string')