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?



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.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.