Dropping Tables at Beginning of Statement

Question:
I am trying to create a procedure that first drops the table “table” but only if it already exists.

How do I create the statement using “if exists” or something similar to this?

 Drop table mytableselect * into mytablefrom othertable

This statement returns an error if the table does not already exist.

Answer:
What you are after is this:

 IF EXISTS (SELECT name FROM sysobjects WHERE type = 'U')    DROP TABLE mytableEND

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