Expression type int is invalid for COLLATE clause

When I run the following in SQL Server it runs fine:
select * from TableA order by First_Candidate collate SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS

But when I do the order by the ordering of the column, then I get the error:
"Expression type int is invalid for COLLATE clause. "
select * from TableA order by 7 collate SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS

How can you overcome this?
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The COLLATE clause can be applied only for the char, varchar, text, nchar, nvarchar, and ntext data types.
Can you try replacing the "ORDER BY 7" with "ORDER BY <Name of column>"?
Patrick MatthewsCommented:
Silly question: is First_Candidate the 7th column in TableA, or is some other column in the 7th position?

If it's someother column, then I imagine that that column is [n][var]char, for which specifying a collation makes sense...
COLLATE is applicable only for columns of the char, varchar, nchar, and nvarchar data types.

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anushahannaAuthor Commented:
Yes, the 7th column is varchar. that is my point- as to why i am not able to just say order by 7 with the collate.
Raja Jegan RSQL Server DBA & Architect, EE Solution GuideCommented:
>> as to why i am not able to just say order by 7 with the collate.

column order no. is added to simplify typing your large column names..
In order to specify collate keyword or any other operation, you need to specify the column name in order to work..

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anushahannaAuthor Commented:
ok. thanks.
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