# STPointN (geometry Data Type)

Returns a specified point in a geometry instance.

## Syntax

```
.STPointN (expression)
```

## Arguments

- expression

Is an int expression between 1 and the number of points in the geometry instance.

## Return Types

SQL Server return type: geometry

CLR return type: SqlGeometry

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) type: Point

## Remarks

If a geometry instance is user created, STPointN() returns the point specified by expression by ordering the points in the order in which they were originally input.

If a geometry instance was constructed by the system, STPointN() returns the point specified by expression by ordering all the points in the same order they would be output: first by geometry, then by ring within the geometry (if appropriate), and then by point within the ring. This order is deterministic.

If this method is called with a value less than 1, it throws an ArgumentOutOfRangeException.

If this method is called with a value greater than the number of points in the instance, it returns null.

## Examples

The following example creates a LineString instance and uses STPointN() to retrieve the second point in the description of the instance.

```
DECLARE @g geometry;
SET @g = geometry::STGeomFromText('LINESTRING(0 0, 2 2, 1 0)', 0);
SELECT @g.STPointN(2).ToString();
```