»Er ist nicht klug genug.«
»Ist er wohl. Mein Vater weiß so viel wie sie.«

"Ist er wohl" puts the verb in first position but is not a question. What is the grammatical basis for doing this?

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    It's a V1 sentence (Stirnsatz). Quite common with "doch" ("wohl" is a synonym). I think these are called exclamative sentences.
    – user6495
    Dec 15, 2021 at 18:49
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    Recommended read: Vorfeld-Analepse bei Aussagen. (My tl;dr in English here)..
    – David Vogt
    Dec 15, 2021 at 20:33

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It's an elision of: "Das ist er wohl."

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