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Enumerable.Skip<TSource> Method

Bypasses a specified number of elements in a sequence and then returns the remaining elements.

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

public static IEnumerable<TSource> Skip<TSource>(
	this IEnumerable<TSource> source,
	int count

Type Parameters


The type of the elements of source.


Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TSource>
An IEnumerable<T> to return elements from.
Type: System.Int32
The number of elements to skip before returning the remaining elements.

Return Value

Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TSource>
An IEnumerable<T> that contains the elements that occur after the specified index in the input sequence.

Usage Note

In Visual Basic and C#, you can call this method as an instance method on any object of type IEnumerable<TSource>. When you use instance method syntax to call this method, omit the first parameter. For more information, see Extension Methods (Visual Basic) or Extension Methods (C# Programming Guide).


source is null.

This method is implemented by using deferred execution. The immediate return value is an object that stores all the information that is required to perform the action. The query represented by this method is not executed until the object is enumerated either by calling its GetEnumerator method directly or by using foreach in Visual C# or For Each in Visual Basic.

If source contains fewer than count elements, an empty IEnumerable<T> is returned. If count is less than or equal to zero, all elements of source are yielded.

The Take<TSource> and Skip<TSource> methods are functional complements. Given a sequence coll and an integer n, concatenating the results of coll.Take(n) and coll.Skip(n) yields the same sequence as coll.

In Visual Basic query expression syntax, a Skip clause translates to an invocation of Skip<TSource>.

The following code example demonstrates how to use Skip<TSource> to skip a specified number of elements in a sorted array and return the remaining elements.

            int[] grades = { 59, 82, 70, 56, 92, 98, 85 };

            IEnumerable<int> lowerGrades =
                grades.OrderByDescending(g => g).Skip(3);

            Console.WriteLine("All grades except the top three are:");
            foreach (int grade in lowerGrades)

             This code produces the following output:

             All grades except the top three are:

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.
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