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Verb and Grammar Help Lessons to Check Out

Go to the "Lessons" option of WyzAnt Resources and check out my verb and grammar lessons.  Each lesson includes a knowledge check that enables you to confirm that you understand. So far, I've added lessons on:
  • The spelling changes in the preterite tense for infinitives that end in -car, -gar, or -zar.  (I've included this one below my signature line in this blog.)**
  • How to know correct usage of the two Spanish verbs that mean "to know."
 
What else do you need help with?  I have a lesson for that too!!!
 
Cheryl Worth
 
**CAR verbs
Example of a CAR verb: Buscar - to look for
[Notice that "c" changes to "qu" before adding "é"--the preterite ending for Yo] when conjugating "buscar":

busqué** buscamos
buscaste buscasteis
buscó buscaron
** If "c" were not changed to "qu" before adding the preterite ending "é," the "c" would take on a "s" sound and "I looked for" would sound like "bus-say" instead of "bus-kay."

GAR verbs
Example of a GAR verb: Llegar - to arrive
[Notice that "g" changes to "gu" before adding "é"--the preterite ending for Yo] when conjugating “llegar":

llegué** llegamos
llegaste llegasteis
llegó llegaron
** If "g" were not changed to "gu" before adding the preterite ending "é," the "g" would take on an "h" sound and "I arrived" would sound like "yay-hay" instead of "yay-gay."

ZAR verbs
Example of a ZAR verb: Empezar – to begin
[Notice that "z" changes to "c" before adding "é"--the preterite ending for Yo] when conjugating “empezar":

empecé** empezamos
empezaste empezasteis
empezó empezaron
** If "z" were not changed to a "c" before adding the preterite ending "é," the "z" would take on a guttural “j/sh" sound and "I began" would sound like "em-pay-jhay" instead of "em-pay-say."

Can you think of other Spanish infinitives that will follow these spelling/pronunciation rules? There are many!!

Here's a sample list!

Practicar - to practice Jugar - to play Comenzar - to begin
Tocar - to touch Castigar - to punish Almorzar - to eat lunch
Marcar - to mark Masticar - to chew Cruzar - to cross
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