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Me is nominative here. So what it should be?

Bin ich dumm!


Dumm ich!

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Is really "me" nominative? I would think that "I" is nominative, not "me". – c.p. Aug 18 '13 at 8:29
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@Lennart: Just because a sentence starts with a verb doesn't mean it should be a question. "Spiel nicht mit deinem Essen!" "Wollte er es, hätte er es gemacht."

Ich würde "silly me" mit "Ich Schussel" oder "Ach, natürlich..." ("... muss ich es so machen!") übersetzen.

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The phrase "silly me" is colloquial English. The German equivalent, "Bin ich dumm!", is colloquial, too (

A more fitting translation would be "Ich Idiot" (or "Ich Schussel", like @Robert suggested), which would be a title you assign to yourself to indicate that you are indeed silly.

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I agree, but can't you say "Bin ich dumm!" with exclamation mark and it would be proper grammar? – Martin Hansen Aug 17 '13 at 22:54
@MartinHansen No. From Lennart's answer: "...since sentences beginning with a verb should generally be questions." – Dustin Aug 17 '13 at 22:55
I have read it, but I'm not sure if it's incorrect, because it could be used as an interjection. Edit: Or as an "Ausruf" (don't know the english word), like "Ach!" or "Wie schön!" – Martin Hansen Aug 17 '13 at 23:00
@MartinHansen You may be right there. What you mean would indeed be an Interjektion. They are mostly used in spoken language on a personal level. In written language, "Interjektionen" are used as stylistic devices for imitating orality, thus being a mean of colloquial communication. Feel free to correct me, but that is what I learned in school. – ix5 Aug 17 '13 at 23:24
@Martin is absolutely right, exclamations using question word order are very much possible and quite common: Bin ich blöd! Was bist du für ein Schussel! – chirlu Aug 17 '13 at 23:26

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