- Hat er gute Laune oder schlechte Laune? - Eher schlechte Laune, denke Ich

is the position of "denke" correct here? Does a comma imply a differrent clause here?

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The title to this question is rather confusing but I'll simply answer the two questions you formulated. Yes, the position of "denke" is correct. The word "ich" is not written with capital "i" though.

The answer is basically a shortened form of: "Er hat eher schlechte Laune, denke ich." In order to seperate the clauses you use a comma. The comma is also necessary if you switch the clauses: "Ich denke, er hat eher schlechte Laune."

  • Thanks, "ich" being capital was a typo. Is the reason for the inverted verb order in "Denke ich" because it is the second clause? I recall a rule that the word order is inverted in a sentence with 2 independent clauses in the clause that comes second. But now I realize, that if this is the case then it would have been "Ich denke, hat er eher schlechte Laune" which is probably wrong. Commented Apr 28, 2018 at 10:44
  • Yes, that would be wrong. If I have time, I'll write another edit for that...
    – lmr
    Commented May 1, 2018 at 7:16
  • I'm looking forward to it. I seemed to have a subconscious notion that if there is a comma involved it must be because it is separating clauses. But in this case, the word order is reversed because "Eher schlechte Laune" is part of the main clause and the verb is trying to stay in the second position, right? Commented May 1, 2018 at 23:18
  • Alright, here we go: The rule to memorize is that the finite verb is in second position. And here, the dependent clause would be in the first position. So it is either "Eher schlechte Laune [position 1], denke [position 2] ich [position 3]." or "Ich [position 1] denke [position 2], eher schlechte Laune [position 3]."
    – lmr
    Commented May 2, 2018 at 11:41
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    Yes, that should be it. Nevertheless, what I stated above stays true for other cases
    – lmr
    Commented May 5, 2018 at 7:56

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