In my exercise book I stumbled across this phrase, and the explanation of the subject was quite vague.
Ich bin stark, aber ich wäre gern stärker.
I am not quite sure which of the following it means:
I am strong, but I would like to be stronger.
I am strong, but I would be stronger [if I spent more time in a gym, for example].
I would say that the second version is correct, but it is that gern word that confuses me.
Can I say the same phrase without gern? If I can, how would it sound to a German person? Would there be any difference?