What is a circular sentence? I cannot find any meaningful explanations on the web. Is it considered good or bad? Could you give any examples?



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I had not heard this phrase before, but it apparently is used to describe a sentence that starts and ends with the same word. It is also called an epanalepsis. (Source)

It is not a bad thing. Wikipedia states that the structure of such a sentence makes one pay special attention to it, and I agree.

One of the examples on the Wikipedia page is a well-known phrase:

The king is dead; long live the king.

You will find such a structure only used in literary contexts, though. It is not something used in ordinary, everyday conversations.

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