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Using LIKE and OR to look for more then one pattern in a field

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Hi all this is probably pretty simple but I dont work in SQL but 4gl

I have a sql statement that uses like to find entries that contain the term 'out' for a particular date range.

What I want to do is specify that I want to look for entries that contain the word 'out' OR 'in' OR 'pto'.

Looking at the code example below how would I change this with the following select statement.
Original working query:
 
query = "SELECT * FROM cal_events E INNER JOIN cal_dates D" _
	& " ON (E.event_id = D.event_id) " _
	& " WHERE (event_title LIKE '%out%') AND (event_date BETWEEN #" & Date & "# AND #" & Date & "#) AND (user_id = " _
	& Session(dataName & "User") & " OR " _
	& "private = 0) ORDER BY event_date"
 
 
I tried changing to:
 
query = "SELECT * FROM cal_events E INNER JOIN cal_dates D" _
	& " ON (E.event_id = D.event_id) " _
	& " WHERE (event_title LIKE '%out%') OR " _
	& "(event_title LIKE '%in%') & OR " _
	& "(event_title LIKE '%pto%') & AND " _ 
	& "(event_date BETWEEN #" & Date & "# AND #" & Date & "#) AND (user_id = " _
	& Session(dataName & "User") & " OR " _
	& "private = 0) ORDER BY event_date"
	
OR can I use a wild card to simplify something like:
 
query = "SELECT * FROM cal_events E INNER JOIN cal_dates D" _
	& " ON (E.event_id = D.event_id) " _
	& " WHERE (event_title LIKE '[out,in,pto]%') AND (event_date BETWEEN #" & Date & "# AND #" & Date & "#) AND (user_id = " _
	& Session(dataName & "User") & " OR " _
	& "private = 0) ORDER BY event_date"

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The first one you changed to is correct. Once cannot use as OR operator in a group for LIKE operator the way you do for IN operator. Since your words are part of bigger words/phrases/sentences you need to use LIKE and each LIKE separated by OR.
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Thanks k_murli_krishna I got it to work.
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