Conjugate irregular verbs ending in -gar in el Pretérito Indefinido (simple past)

Verbs ending in -gar like: pagar (to pay)llegar (to arrive), apagar (to turn off) are irregular in El Pretérito Indefinido because the spelling changes for pronunciation reasons only in the first person singular (yo).

yo pagué
pagaste
él / ella / Ud. pagó
nosotros / nosotras  pagamos
vosotros / vosotras  pagasteis
ellos / ellas / Uds. pagaron
Notice that after -g- a -u- is required in the yo person to maintain the hard -g- sound. However, apart from the yo form, all the other endings are the same as those of regular -ar verbs: -aste, -ó, -amos, -asteis, -aron.

Have a look at  and listen to these examples.

Jugué al tenis ayer.
I played tennis yesterday.

Ya pagué la cuenta.
I already paid the bill.

Llegué a casa tarde.
I arrived home late.

Apagué la luz antes de ir a la cama.
I turned off the light before going to bed.

For more verbs that follow this pattern see the List of -gar verbs changing g > gu in the yo form in El Pretérito Indefinido

Examples and resources

Ya pagué la cuenta.
I already paid the bill.


Apagué la luz antes de ir a la cama.
I turned off the light before going to bed.


Jugué al tenis ayer.
I played tennis yesterday.


Llegué a casa tarde.
I arrived home late.


Q&A

Ricky

Kwiziq community member

11 October 2018

1 reply

jugar and al

Jugué al tenis ayer.
I played tennis yesterday.

Where does the 'al' come from here?

Thanks

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

11 October 2018

11/10/18

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 :))

Getting that for you now.