The spelling and pronunciation rules of Spanish are extremely consistent, and sometimes a conjugated form of the verb must change its spelling to maintain the correct pronunciation. This happens in the yo form of specific verbs in the preterite tense, because adding – í or – é to the base of the verb messes up the pronunciation of the word. The spelling change is meant to maintain the same basic sound as the infinitive. Verbs that end in –garRemember that the consonant g is pronounced hard (like the g in good) or soft (like the g in gym) depending on the vowel that follows the g. If a Spanish verb ends in – gar, the infinitive is pronounced with a hard g sound. However, when you remove the – ar infinitive ending and add the yo preterite ending, the hard g is suddenly followed by – é
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Yo form, Grammatical number, Verb Pagar, yo preterite ending