77 - Kay The combination of letters – qu is always...

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Verbs that end in  –car   The Spanish letter  c  is a lot like the letter  g . It has a hard sound (like the English letter  k ) and a soft  sound (like the English letter  s ). The  c  is pronounced soft when it's followed by  –i  or –  e . It is  pronounced hard when it's followed by –  o,  –  a,  or  –u.  Any verb that ends in –  car  will have the hard  c  sound in its infinitive form. This must be maintained in all the conjugated forms, but the preterite  yo  ending causes problems.  When you add –  é  to the base of a verb ending in –  car,  the  c  becomes a soft sound, which is  unacceptable. So you must change the letter  c  to  qu  only in the  yo  preterite form. The resulting  ending (–  qué ) is pronounced like the English name 
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Unformatted text preview: Kay. The combination of letters – qu is always pronounced like the English letter k , and you never say the u sound. It is never pronounced like the English word queen. Table 2 is the preterite conjugation chart for the verb tocar (to play an instrument, to touch), which is an example for all regular – ar verbs in the preterite that end in – car . Table 2. Preterite Forms of the Verb Tocar Singular Plural yo toqué (I played) nosotros/nosotras tocamos (we played) tú tocaste (you [informal] played) vosotros/vosotras tocasteis (you [informal] played) usted tocó (you [formal] played) ustedes tocaron (you [formal] played) él tocó (he played) ellos tocaron (they played) ella tocó (she played) ellas tocaron (they played)...
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