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The Spanish letter  g  behaves a lot like the letter  c . The vowel that follows the letter  g  determines  whether it is pronounced hard (like the  g  in “girl”) or soft (like the  g  in “gem”). Infinitives that end in  -gar  are pronounced with a hard  g  sound. To prevent this hard  g  from becoming a soft  g  with the  addition of the preterit  yo  ending (-  é ), the letter  u  is added between the  g  and  e  to maintain the  sound of the infinitive. This 
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Unformatted text preview: yo ending ( -gué ) sounds like the English word “gay.” Table 2 is the preterit conjugation chart for the verb cargar (to load), which serves as a good example for these types of verbs. TABLE 2 Preterit Forms of the Verb Cargar (to Load) Subject Verb Subject Verb yo cargué nosotros/nosotras cargamos tú cargaste vosotros/vosotras cargasteis él cargó ellos cargaron ella cargó ellas cargaron usted cargó ustedes cargaron...
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