Reading Peter Stamm book "Die sanfte Gleichgűltigkeit der Welt" in the first chapter came across this sentence.

"Es ist mir, als sei ich Teil dieser Landschaft geworden, die sich in all der Zeit kaum verändert hat."

Why is the subjunctive of sein "sei" used in this sentence? It refers back to "Es ist mir".


It is meant like: "Es scheint so", "Ich habe das Gefühl/ den Eindruck..." "Es kommt mir so vor, als sei ich ... geworden"

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Konjunktiv I [Subjunctive I]:

2. Reporting Thoughts, Beliefs, Opinions

This is an extension of Subjunctive I’s basic function of reporting speech:


Er dachte, sie sei vom Mars.

He thought she was from Mars.


Er glaubte, sie werde ihn entführen

He believed she would abduct him

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