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  • Last Updated : 21 Mar, 2018
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SOME operator evaluates the condition between the outer and inner tables and evaluates to true if the final result returns any one row. If not, then it evaluates to false.

  • The SOME and ANY comparison conditions are similar to each other and are completely interchangeable.
  • SOME must match at least one row in the subquery and must be preceded by comparison operators.


SELECT column_name(s)
FROM table_name
WHERE expression comparison_operator SOME (subquery)

Instructor Table:

Name Department Salary
Chandra Computational Biology 1
Visweswaran Electronics 1.5
Abraham Computer Science 1.3
John Electronics 1.2
Samantha Computer Science 2
Jyoti Electronics 1.2
Debarka Computer Science 2
Ganesh Computational Biology 0.9

Sample Queries and Outputs:

select name
from instructor
where Salary > some(select Salary
from instructor
where dept='Computer Science');



The instructors with salary > (salary of some instructor in the ‘Computer Science’ department) get returned. The salaries in the ‘Computer Science’ department are 1.3, 2 and 2. This implies any instructor with a salary greater than 1.3 can be included in the final result.

Exercise: Try to write same query using ANY clause.

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