Why is it "ALTER TABLE tablename" instead of just "ALTER tablename"?

See title. Maybe I will discover the reason later, but I was wondering about it.

https://www.codecademy.com/courses/learn-sql/lessons/manipulation/exercises/alter?action=resume_content_item

can’t be certain of course, but alter table is more descriptive, if you inherit someone else his code base, and it just said alter, you have to figure out what he is altering. if it says alter table, you know he is altering the table. More descriptive, thus easier to read.

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