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SELECT with DISTINCT and TOP


SELECT with DISTINCT and TOP

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t.franz
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Thanks Thomas for this question. Yes, back to the basics, but I still looked into MSDN before answering ...Wink
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Nice question. Thanks.


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I always get the order of these two confused, because it's one of the places where SQL diverges from English.
In English, DISTINCT TOP 5 would mean "get the distinct values of the top five results" -- which with this data set would return only one row (1), whereas TOP 5 DISTINCT clearly means "get the top 5 values of the distinct results."
SQL uses the first syntax, but to mean the second instruction.
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Thanks for this instructive question.

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Nice - thanks, Thomas!
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Nice, simple question, thanks Thomas

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