It is normal to say:

I believe/think that X is more important than Y.

But is it normal and more importantly correct to phrase the sentence like this:

X is more important than Y I believe/think.

I have searched about this matter and found that they are two independent sentences, and since the second one is short, a comma is not needed.

However, I didn't find examples in that specific structure.

Also, I have noticed that an "as" can fit greatly before the second part of the sentence, so does that mean it also can be omitted with preserving the sentence meaning and validity?

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    A comma may not be needed as such, but it is most common to add it. The sentence looks a bit run-on without one. I don’t understand exactly what you mean by adding in/leaving out as – where would you add it? If you mean you’d expect “X is more important than Y, as I believe”, then no; that’s not something a native speaker would ever say. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 20 at 11:05
  • Regarding the "as", yes, I meant that but without the comma; however, if it is not natural as you have stated then I would better avoid it. Actually, I have considered it similar to "as far as". Thank you for your answer. – Tasneem ZH Apr 20 at 11:37
  • You might put 'I think/believe' at the end if you had started to make a statement and realised halfway through that you had better make it clear that what you were saying was just your personal opinion. – Kate Bunting Apr 20 at 12:12
  • @KateBunting _ Thank you for clarifying this point, but would that work in writing? In other words, is it normal to occur in writing? I mean, I can understand that situation if it happened in speeches. – Tasneem ZH Apr 20 at 12:35
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    I think it would be less likely to occur in writing than in speech. – Kate Bunting Apr 20 at 19:09

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