## 10.4. Skip

SKIP defines from which row to start including the rows in the output.

By using SKIP, the result set will get trimmed from the top. Please note that no guarantees are made on the order of the result unless the query specifies the ORDER BY clause. SKIP accepts any expression that evaluates to a positive integer — however the expression cannot refer to nodes or relationships.

### Skip first three

To return a subset of the result, starting from the fourth result, use the following syntax:

Query

MATCH (n)
RETURN n
ORDER BY n.name
SKIP 3

The first three nodes are skipped, and only the last two are returned in the result.

Result

n
2 rows

Node[0]{name:"D"}

Node[1]{name:"E"}

Try this query live create (_0 {`name`:"D"}) create (_1 {`name`:"E"}) create (_2 {`name`:"A"}) create (_3 {`name`:"B"}) create (_4 {`name`:"C"}) create _2-[:`KNOWS`]->_1 create _2-[:`KNOWS`]->_0 create _2-[:`KNOWS`]->_4 create _2-[:`KNOWS`]->_3 match (n) return n order by n.name skip 3

### Return middle two

To return a subset of the result, starting from somewhere in the middle, use this syntax:

Query

MATCH (n)
RETURN n
ORDER BY n.name
SKIP 1
LIMIT 2

Two nodes from the middle are returned.

Result

n
2 rows

Node[3]{name:"B"}

Node[4]{name:"C"}

Try this query live create (_0 {`name`:"D"}) create (_1 {`name`:"E"}) create (_2 {`name`:"A"}) create (_3 {`name`:"B"}) create (_4 {`name`:"C"}) create _2-[:`KNOWS`]->_1 create _2-[:`KNOWS`]->_0 create _2-[:`KNOWS`]->_4 create _2-[:`KNOWS`]->_3 match (n) return n order by n.name skip 1 limit 2

### Skip first from expression

Skip accepts any expression that evaluates to a positive integer as long as it is not referring to any external identifiers:

Query

MATCH (n)
RETURN n
ORDER BY n.name

The first three nodes are skipped, and only the last two are returned in the result.

Result

n
4 rows

Node[3]{name:"B"}

Node[4]{name:"C"}

Node[0]{name:"D"}

Node[1]{name:"E"}

Try this query live create (_0 {`name`:"D"}) create (_1 {`name`:"E"}) create (_2 {`name`:"A"}) create (_3 {`name`:"B"}) create (_4 {`name`:"C"}) create _2-[:`KNOWS`]->_1 create _2-[:`KNOWS`]->_0 create _2-[:`KNOWS`]->_4 create _2-[:`KNOWS`]->_3 match (n) return n order by n.name skip toInt(3*rand()) + 1