Select row count with variable table name in SQL Server

Dear Experts,

I'm trying to count the number of rows in a table whose name is a variable; for exmple @TableName

I'm trying to achieve something like this:

DECLARE @cnt int
SELECT @cnt = COUNT(*) FROM @Table WHERE Word='word'

Could anybody advise of the best way to do this?

Thanks

Nick
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Patrick MatthewsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
DECARE @cnt int, @tbl varchar(100), @col varchar(100), @word varchar(100), @sql varchar(1000)

SET @sql = 'SELECT COUNT(*) FROM [' + @tbl + '] WHERE [' + @col + '] = ''' + @word + ''''
SET @cnt = EXEC(@sql)
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nkewneyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the response:

This gets

Msg 156, Level 15, State 1, Procedure procSuggestionInsert, Line 26
Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'EXEC'.
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Steve KrileCommented:
If I may...

To do what you want, you can use this approach:
http://www.sommarskog.se/dynamic_sql.html


The option offered above creating a SQL select inline is technically OK, but kind of fraught with peril.  

May I suggest a different approach.

Pass in the name of your table, then write a bunch of select statements with If's.  This manual approach may seem crazy and inefficient, but you only have to do it once per table, and it is MUCH safer.

ex:

CREATE procedure table_count(@TableName varchar(100))

SET NOCOUNT ON

   IF @TableName = 'SomeTable'
          BEGIN
              SELECT Count(SomeTableID) FROM SomeTable
          END

   IF @TableName = 'SomeOtherTable'
          BEGIN
              SELECT Count(SomeOtherTableID) FROM SomeOtherTable
          END

SET NOCOUNT OFF







I find this approach is nice because I often start with a simple premise....I just want to know how many rows.......but find over time that I want to count all rows of most tables, but that one table, I only want "active" records, and that other table, I only want rows with Sum values...etc etc etc.
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momi_sabagCommented:
try

DECARE @cnt int, @tbl varchar(100), @col varchar(100), @word varchar(100), @sql varchar(1000)

SET @sql = 'SELECT @Count=COUNT(*) FROM [' + @tbl + '] WHERE [' + @col + '] = ''' + @word + ''''

EXECUTE sp_executesql
    @SQL
    ,N'@Count int OUTPUT'
    ,@cnt = @Count OUTPUT
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