%s”%ls” was expected.

Error Message:
Msg 2205, Level 16, State 1, Line 4
%s”%ls” was expected.

Severity level:

This error message appears when a particular XQuery keyword was expected, but not found.

The T-SQL statement can be parsed, but causes the error at runtime.

Errors of the Severity level 16 are generated by the user and can be fixed by the SQL Server user. The statement cannot be run this way. If an XQuery keyword is expected it has to be supplied in the expected manner.

This error message was introduced with SQL Server 2005.

DECLARE @xml xml;
SET @xml = ‘<Result />’;
    @xml.query(‘for $a in(1, 2), $b IN(3, 4)
        $a < $b
    return sum($a + $b)’) as XML;

In the above example we try to use the uppercase IN  keyword in the XQuery. Because XQuery is case-sensitive, this is different from the expected in keyword and thus the error is raised.


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