drupal query question

i have a question about this query:

db_query_range('SELECT c.* FROM {comments} c WHERE c.status = %d ORDER BY c.timestamp', COMMENT_NOT_PUBLISHED, 0, $num_posts);

i understand the query, but the c.* and c.status.... what's happening here? is the table name >>> comments being turned into a nickname or variable? one called >> c. it would normally be comments.status right? and comments.*

i know the brackets are a drupalism so maybe the c is also.

thanks for your help

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'c' in your query is an alias for your table.

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tjazzvibeAuthor Commented:
ok so an alias is a 'name' that follows the table. i get it, and i can look it up now.

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