SQL Join syntax delayed ON operator

I learned something new today. In JOIN T-SQL syntax, the ON is not necessary immediately.   I’m not sure what benefit this would give, but is a nice piece of trivia.

For example, the following query WORKS in the AdventureWorks2012 database:

FROM HumanResources.EmployeePayHistory
INNER JOIN HumanResources.Employee
INNER JOIN HumanResources.EmployeeDepartmentHistory
INNER JOIN HumanResources.Department

ON Department.DepartmentID =

ON EmployeeDepartmentHistory.BusinessEntityID =

ON EmployeePayHistory.BusinessEntityID =

The order of the ONs matters.   The last two tables joined need to have the first ON, continuing in reverse order.

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