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how to grab characters that preeced a delimeter in a field?  I would like to grab all teh characters to the left of the first delimeter in my field.  For example if the text in the field is 02/20/2010 then return 02, if it is 2/20/2010 then return 2, it the text is 002/20/2011 then 002
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SELECT LEFT('02/20/2010',CHARINDEX('/', '02/20/2010')-1) )

with column name

SELECT LEFT(col_name,CHARINDEX('/', col_name)-1) )
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