This can be accomplished using the regular expressions repetition metacharacters, listed in following table.
Metacharacter  Description 


0 or more matches 

1 or more matches (equivalent to 

0 or 1 match (equivalent to 

Specific number of matches 

No less than a specified number of matches 

Range of matches ( 
Following are some examples.
SELECT prod_name FROM products WHERE prod_name REGEXP '\\(products? [09]\\)' ORDER BY prod_name;
The above statement displayed the following output:
++  prod_name  ++  abc (product 1)   abc (product 2)   abc (products 1)  . . .  abc (products 10) ++
Regular expression \\(products? [09]\\)
requires some explanation. \\(
matches (
, [09]
matches any digit, products?
matches product
and products
(the ?
after the s
makes that s
optional because ?
matches 0 or 1 occurrence of whatever it follows), and \\)
matches the closing )
. Without ?
it would have been very difficult to match both stick
and sticks
.
Here's another example. This time we'll try to match four consecutive digits:
SELECT prod_name FROM products WHERE prod_name REGEXP '[[:digit:]]{4}' ORDER BY prod_name;
The above code displayed the following output:
++  prod_name  ++  product 1000   product 2000  ++
As explained previously, [:digit:]
matches any digit, and so [[:digit:]]
is a set of digits. {4}
requires exactly four occurrences of whatever it follows (any digit), and so [[:digit:]]{4}
matches any four consecutive digits.
It is worth noting that when using regular expressions there is almost always more than one way to write a specific expression. The previous example could have also been written as follows:
SELECT prod_name FROM products WHERE prod_name REGEXP '[09][09][09][09]' ORDER BY prod_name;