jugar and al


Kwiziq community member

11 October 2018

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jugar and al

Jugué al tenis ayer.
I played tennis yesterday.

Where does the 'al' come from here?


This question relates to:
Spanish lesson "Conjugate irregular verbs ending in -gar in el Pretérito Indefinido (simple past)"


Kwiziq language super star

11 October 2018


Hola Ricky,

In English you say "play tennis" but in Spanish "jugar" as in playing a sport or game you need:

a la + feminine noun

al + masculine noun (a+el are contracted->al)

For example, jugar a la petanca (to play boules), or jugar al baloncesto (to play basketball)

I hope this clarifies it.

Have a look at this Contracted masculine singular articles: al and del

Inma :))


Kwiziq community member

24 February 2019


Hi. Why is there ya pague and not ya he pagado? Is it not latin american Spanish?

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