https://www.duolingo.com/profile/itsjustine

How do you say "I think the answer is _____" in German?

May 30, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Klastiron

Ich denke, dass die Antwort ____ ist.

May 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wocket

I think you meant 'denke' which is to think.

May 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wocket

Heh. :) fixed just as my post went up. :)

May 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/itsjustine

Why not "Ich denke dass die Antwort ist ____"? I understand that I am directly translating from English, but I'm just a bit confused as to why there's a comma and why ist is at the end of the sentence!

May 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Klastiron

Perhaps this webpage on coordinating conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions may help. :) dass is a subordinating conjunction, so the verb goes to the end of the subordinate clause.

https://www.lsa.umich.edu/german/hmr/Grammatik/Konjunktionen/Konjunktionen.html

May 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/itsjustine

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer!

May 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/grantangi

I think Klastiron answered yor question about the comma already. But in your question you changed the position of the "answer" as well.

In German you can say:

"Ich denke, dass die Antwort _ ist." or "Ich denke, die Antwort ist ___."

With the later the more common answer in German.

May 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/itsjustine

Oh, awesome! Thank you!

May 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/InuzukaShino

In common or colloquial language we would rather say

  • "Ich denke, die Antwort ist..."

or

  • "Ich denke, die Antwort lautet...".

In your example, you have to add a comma after "denke" and be aware for the changed word order:

  • "Ich denke, dass die Antwort .... ist."

Here you also can say 'lautet' instead of 'ist'

Edit: Ups, grantagi already mentioned it :-)

May 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/itsjustine

So, if I understand correctly, it IS possible to say "Ich denke, die Antwort ist..." ?

May 31, 2017
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