SQL > SQL Commands > And Or

The keywords AND and OR are Boolean operators used to specify compound conditions in the WHERE clause.


The syntax for using AND and OR in a compound condition is as follows:

SELECT "column_name"
FROM "table_name"
WHERE "simple condition"
{ [AND|OR] "simple condition"}+;

The { }+ means that the expression inside the bracket will occur one or more times. [AND|OR] means that either AND or OR can be used. In addition, we can use the parenthesis sign ( ) to indicate the order of the condition.


We use the following table as our example:

Table Store_Information

Los Angeles1500Jan-05-1999
San Diego250Jan-07-1999
San Francisco300Jan-08-1999

If we want to select all stores with sales greater than $1,000 or all stores with sales less than $500 but greater than $275 in Table Store_Information, we key in,

SELECT Store_Name
FROM Store_Information
WHERE Sales > 1000
OR (Sales < 500 AND Sales > 275);


Los Angeles
San Francisco


For these exercises, assume we have a table called Users with the following data:

Table Users


1. Which of the following SQL statement is valid? (There can be more than one answer)
a) SELECT First_Name AND Last_Name FROM Users;
b) SELECT First_Name, Last_Name FROM Users WHERE Join_Date > 'Apr-01-2015' AND Birth_Date < 'Jan-01-1980';
c) SELECT First_Name OR User_Name FROM Users;
d) SELECT * FROM Users WHERE Last_Name = 'Brown' AND Gender = 'F';

2. How many records will be returned by the following query?
SELECT * FROM Users WHERE Gender = 'M' AND Join_Date = 'Apr-09-2015';

3. How many records will be returned by the following query?
SELECT * FROM Users WHERE Gender = 'M' OR Join_Date = 'Apr-05-2015';

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