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What is wrong with the below statement?

select employee_id emp, last_name emp_name, hire_date date 
from employees;

date has been used as an alias to the hire_date column, but we cannot use any Oracle reserved keyword as an alias. If want to use it, we have to mention it in quotation marks:

select employee_id emp, last_name emp_name, hire_date "date" 
from employees;

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