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I wrote the sentence:

Ich bin ein Vegetarier, daher ich esse kein Fleisch.

One person corrected it to:

Ich bin ein Vegetarier, daher esse ich kein Fleisch.

Another person (not native German) told me that daher seems like it should be a subordinating conjunction so it should send the verb (esse) to the end.

When I wrote the original sentence I assumed it was like aber, the second person thinks it’s like weil, and the other correction is like neither. I read this page but couldn’t find daher. Could someone please clear up the grammatical situation of this word for me?

  • Wiktionary. Please check a dictionary of your choice in situations like these ;) Daher is not a conjunction. Also welcome to German Language Stack Exchange. Feel free to take the tour. And consult the help center to learn more about the site. – Jan Sep 3 '16 at 9:37
  • Daher ist ein Konjunktionaladverb. Ich empfehle diese Seite, wenngleich daher nicht vorkommt: deutsch.lingolia.com/de/grammatik/satzbau/… – Ludi Sep 3 '16 at 10:06
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    Schouldn't it be "Ich bin Vegetarier"? ohne "ein"? – Beta Sep 3 '16 at 13:51
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    @Beta: short answer: both are correct. Post it as a question for the long answer ;-) – Robert Sep 3 '16 at 14:31
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    Inhaltlich ist es eine Tautologie, weil Vegetarier zu sein nicht erklärt, wieso man kein Fleisch ist, sondern genau das bedeutet. "Ich esse kein Fleisch, daher bin ich Vegetarier" würde immerhin dazu taugen einem Kind das Fremdwort zu erklären. Ansonsten ist es so sinnfrei wie zu sagen "Ich bin dick, daher bin ich fett" oder umgekehrt. – user unknown May 4 at 19:38
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Daher is an adverb, that roughly means "therefore."

Thus, it occupies the first spot in the second sentence, and sends the verb to the second spot.

"Ich bin ein Vegetarier; daher esse ich kein Fleisch" is correct.

Daher is not a subordinating conjunction that sends the verb to the end.

Nor is it a coordinating conjunction, which would allow you to keep te original word order, "daher ich esse kein Fleisch."

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