Figure Name anapodoton
Source Silva Rhetoricae (
Earliest Source None
Etymology None
Type Scheme
Linguistic Domain Syntactic

A figure in which a main clause is suggested by the introduction of a subordinate clause, but that main clause never occurs.

Anapodoton is a kind of anacoluthon, since grammatical expectations are interrupted. If the expression trails off, leaving the subordinate clause incomplete, this is sometimes more specifically called anantapodoton. Anapodoton has also named what occurs when a main clause is omitted because the speaker interrupts himself/herself to revise the thought, leaving the initial clause grammatically unresolved but making use of it nonetheless by recasting its content into a new, grammatically complete sentence.


"If you think I'm going to sit here and take your insults..."

"When you decide to promote me to manager—when you see more clearly what will benefit this corporation—I will be at your service."

Kind Of Opposition
Part Of
Related Figures anacoluthon, figures of grammar, correctio, anantapodoton, ellipsis, aposiopesis
Notes I'm not sure about either example: the first ends with an ellipsis, the second DOES contain a main clause ("I will be at your service"). Type of is opposition because there is a disruption of what listener/reader expects.
Confidence Confident
Last Editor Ashley Rose Kelly
Confidence Confident
Editorial Notes Please be careful where you are entering notes and where you are entering related figures. You've mixed the categories up here. I've fixed it. -ark
Reviewed Yes
Reviewer Ashley Rose Kelly