How can "ik" go before "slaap" in "Echter ik slaap niet"?
Its a less common word order, that is sometimes used in questions, e.g. Ik slaap niet?
I think it's only used when you're surprised and/or when you want confirmation of the question asked.
I meant because "echter" is in front of "ik." Wouldn't that make the verb be in the wrong place? I though you had to switch it to be, "Echter slaap ik niet."
'Echter slaap ik niet' sounds a bit unnatural to me, but could be a regional thing, I"m not sure.
'Echter slaap ik niet is' correct as well.
They both sound correct to me and another native I asked. It doesn't really matter if some rule says it's not correct. If native Dutch speakers use it, it is correct.
So both "Echter slaap ik niet" and "Echter ik slaap niet" are both correct?
I can't reply to your last comment, so I'll reply to this one again.
In that case I'll need to report it, because when I tried it the first time it wasn't accepted.
Oh, okay. Thanks!
Echter cannot be used in the beginning of the sentence. The correct answer is thus
Ik slaap echter niet.
Use Maar in the beginnings instead.
Why is ''ik slaap niet echter'' incorrect?
"Echter" is never put as the last word of a sentence.
Hoe dan ook, ik slaap niet. Is also correct, i speak dutch
maar toch slaap ik niet......