Subjunctive: Wishes (2)

In order to express who, what, or how someone wants something, we use a form of the verb sein called the subjunctive.

real: Ich bin nicht verheiratet.

wish: Ich wäre gern verheiratet.



The past subjunctive of "sein" is conjugated as follows:

Inge with a happy expression and a thought bubble that shows a man putting a ring on a woman‘s ring finger.
Image: DW
Singular  
1st person ich wäre
2nd person du wärst (du wärest)*
3rd person er/sie/es/man wäre
Plural  
1st person wir wären
2nd person ihr wärt (ihr wäret)*
3rd person sie wären
Formal Sie wären

*Two forms exist here; the form in the brackets is rarely used.