I am developing a search query in SharePoint 2013 using FQL. The query will run against the following text string:

-The four cardinal directions are North, East,South, and West. The four ordinal directions are Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and Northwest.
I want to return the following words: North, East,Soth,West
Which of the following queries could solve my issue:

 1. ONEAR(Northeast,Northwest,Southeast,Southwest; n=5)

 2. PHRASE(North,East,West,South)

 3. ONEAR(North,East,South,West,n=3)

 4. NEARE(North,East,West,South)
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because I forgot exam questions were off topic May 23, 2016 at 15:56
  • Agree with @EricAlexander. That said, all of 2,3 and 4 would match the text ;) May 24, 2016 at 13:51
  • Thanx for help anyway :) May 24, 2016 at 13:53

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I believe PHRASE(North,East,West,South), but admittedly I haven't used FQL much. 1 and 3 are out because there is no proximity in play here, which narrows it down to 2 and 4.

The ordered variant of NEAR, and requires an ordered match of the terms. The ONEAR operator can be used to restrict the result set to items that have N terms within a certain distance of one another


Again, near is a proximity search which doesn't feel right.

I would probably answer 2 with an above average degree of certainty.

  • Thanx Eric for the help. :) May 23, 2016 at 16:07

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