Queries

Applies to: SQL Server (all supported versions) Azure SQL Database Azure SQL Managed Instance Azure Synapse Analytics Analytics Platform System (PDW)

Data Manipulation Language (DML) is a vocabulary used to retrieve and work with data in SQL Server and SQL Database. Most also work in Azure Synapse Analytics and Analytics Platform System (PDW) (review each individual statement for details). Use these statements to add, modify, query, or remove data from a SQL Server database.

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The following table lists the DML statements that SQL Server uses.

 

The following table lists the clauses that are used in multiple DML statements or clauses.

Clause Can be used in these statements
FROM (Transact-SQL) DELETE, SELECT, UPDATE
Hints (Transact-SQL) DELETE, INSERT, SELECT, UPDATE
OPTION Clause (Transact-SQL) DELETE, SELECT, UPDATE
OUTPUT Clause (Transact-SQL) DELETE, INSERT, MERGE, UPDATE
Search Condition (Transact-SQL) DELETE, MERGE, SELECT, UPDATE
Table Value Constructor (Transact-SQL) FROM, INSERT, MERGE
TOP (Transact-SQL) DELETE, INSERT, MERGE, SELECT, UPDATE
WHERE (Transact-SQL) DELETE, SELECT, UPDATE, MATCH
WITH common_table_expression (Transact-SQL) DELETE, INSERT, MERGE, SELECT, UPDATE