Expression.PropertyOrField Method

Creates a MemberExpression that represents accessing a property or field.

Namespace:  System.Linq.Expressions
Assembly:  System.Core (in System.Core.dll)

public static MemberExpression PropertyOrField(
	Expression expression,
	string propertyOrFieldName


Type: System.Linq.Expressions.Expression
An Expression whose Type contains a property or field named propertyOrFieldName. This can be null for static members.
Type: System.String
The name of a property or field to be accessed.

Return Value

Type: System.Linq.Expressions.MemberExpression
A MemberExpression that has the NodeType property equal to MemberAccess, the Expression property set to expression, and the Member property set to the PropertyInfo or FieldInfo that represents the property or field denoted by propertyOrFieldName.


expression or propertyOrFieldName is null.


No property or field named propertyOrFieldName is defined in expression.Type or its base types.

The Type property of the resulting MemberExpression is equal to the PropertyType or FieldType properties of the PropertyInfo or FieldInfo, respectively, that represents the property or field denoted by propertyOrFieldName.

This method searches expression.Type and its base types for a property or field that has the name propertyOrFieldName. Public properties and fields are given preference over non-public properties and fields. Also, properties are given preference over fields. If a matching property or field is found, this method passes expression and the PropertyInfo or FieldInfo that represents that property or field to Property or Field, respectively.

The following example shows how to create an expression that represents accessing a property or field.

    // Add the following directive to your file:
    // using System.Linq.Expressions;  

    class TestClass
       public int sample { get; set; }

    static void TestPropertyOrField(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
       TestClass obj = new TestClass();
       obj.sample = 40;

       // This expression represents accessing a property or field.
       // For static properties or fields, the first parameter must be null.
       Expression memberExpr = Expression.PropertyOrField(

       // The following statement first creates an expression tree,
       // then compiles it, and then runs it.
       outputBlock.Text += Expression.Lambda<Func<int>>(memberExpr).Compile()() + "\n";

    // This code example produces the following output:
    // 40


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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