Please give me all the names starting with A. Starting with A includes only words that start with the letter A. Adam; Alfred. Please give me all the names starting from A. Starting from A gives you all the words that start with A and all the words that start with the letters after A. Adam; Chris; John. Your wording makes the. [ REPLACE (expression [ AS ] column_name [, ]) ] | expression [ [ AS ] alias ] } [, ] The SELECT list defines the columns that the query will return. Expressions in the SELECT list can refer to columns in any of the from_item s in its corresponding FROM clause. Each item in the SELECT list is one of: *; expression; expression. From everything I've learned, I conclude it's entirely permissible. From the very beginning, I've thought so. From Boston to Bombay, English-speaking people do it all the time. From your question, I conclude you haven't read much English.