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Trimming "The " from mysql query.

I am using a mysql database where I have names that I want to sort alphabetically. The problem is, some of these names contains "The " in front of them. I know that I can use ltrim to remove it but I don't really know on how to use it.

here is what I have.


try {
    $results = $db->query('SELECT * FROM hotels ORDER BY name');
} catch(Exception $e) {
    echo $e->getMessage();

$hotels = $results->fetchAll(PDO::FETCH_ASSOC);


   foreach($hotels as $hotel){
     echo '<option value="hotels.php?id='.$hotel["id"].'">' .$hotel['name'].'</option>';

This will display

A Hotel B Hotel ... S Hotel The V Hotel U Hotel W Hotel ...

I want The V hotel to be alphabetical with "V Hotel"

1 Answer

Hello Yan,

The easiest way I can think of is with REPLACE.


SELECT * FROM hotels ORDER BY REPLACE(name, 'The ', '')

So we replace "The " with an empty string.

Just tested it and it works great!