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# Need to select two distinct columns in my recordset

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I have one table named AttendanceGrid:

Here are an example of the data and column names

Name   Activity   Start          Stop       Month      Notes

Bobby      Tennis    12:00pm   2:00pm   January     None
Timmy     Tennis    12:00pm   2:00pm   February     None
Joyce        Tennis    1:00pm    3:00pm    February     None
Dennis     Tennis    12:00pm   2:00pm   January     None
Sue          Tennis    1:00pm     3:00pm   January     None
Bart         Soccer   12:00pm   2:00pm   January     None

I would like to select Distinct Activity records associated with the Start and Stop Time.  For example if I selected distinct Activity associated with Start and Stop times I should be able to pull up the following:

Tennis   12:00pm  2:00pm
Tennis   1:00pm    3:00pm
Soccer   12:00pm   2:00pm

How can I write an SQL statement to do that?  I am quite novice to SQL code
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nishant joshi earned 167 total points
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``````select  Activity,MAX(Start),MAX(Stop) from tbl group by Activity
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wdosanjos earned 167 total points
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Perhaps:
``````select distinct Activity, Start, Stop
from AttendanceGrid
``````
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What does the Max in  MAX(Start) mean?
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max which is an aggregate function.
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what does it do?
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Anthony Perkins earned 166 total points
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Here is what SQL Server's BOL states about MAX():

Returns the maximum value in the expression.
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For character columns, MAX finds the highest value in the collating sequence.
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