SQL Select Single Character Words in Name Query

Posted on 2013-01-24
Last Modified: 2013-01-29
I'm trying to run a SELECT query to find a list of names with any single character delimited by spaces in part of the field. Running the query with these names

Foo Bar
Lorem Ipsum
Chester A Arthur
Type S Car
Billy C Williams

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would return

Chester A Arthur
Type S Car
Billy C Williams

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I'm having trouble finding what the WHERE would be in this query.
Question by:vacpartswarehouse
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Expert Comment

by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 38814972
it could be like this:
select * from yourtable
where yourfield like '% [a-z,A-Z] %'
select * from yourtable
where yourfield like '% ? %'
but you need to clarify your database engine/version.

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Nalinkumarbalaji earned 250 total points
ID: 38815027
Try the below one.

This is for displaying the Name with 1 word

Your requested result.
SELECT * FROM Names WHERE Name like '% _ %'
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Expert Comment

ID: 38815563
What dbms are you using (sqlserver, Oracle, ms access, etc.)?
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Expert Comment

ID: 38827330
There are many ways to accomplish this but, without knowing what database you are using, we would only be guessing at a solution for you.

Author Comment

ID: 38831680
Sorry about that. The database is TSQL.
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Assisted Solution

awking00 earned 250 total points
ID: 38831968
The the suggestion of WHERE Name like '% _ %' that has already been made above should work fine.

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ID: 38832124
Thank you!

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