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02 Preterite AR verbs: -gar, -car, -zar verbs

Posted by Señor Jordan on Oct 7, 2008 in conjugation, grammar, preterite, verbs, year 2 |

Hola.  In this lesson we’ll be continuing the preterite of AR verbs.  Although we covered the normal verbs in the previous lesson, if a verb ends in -gar, -car, or -zar, we have to treat it specially in the yo form.  So please watch and find out how it works!  Let me know if you have any questions.

Hope it was helpful.  Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions!

Check out the preterite conjugation sheet if you’d like a summary of the preterite!

esperar – to wait (for); to hope


preterite jugar copy

jugar – to play [game]
yo juego – I play [game]
yo jugué – I played [game]
pagar – to pay (for)
yo pago – I pay (for)
yo pagué – I paid (for)


preterite tocar copy

tocar – to play (instrument)
yo toco – I play
yo toqué – I played
buscar – to look for
yo busco – I look for
yo busqué – I looked for


preterite almorzar copy

almorzar – to eat lunch
yo almuerzo – I eat lunch
yo almorcé – I ate lunch
cazar – to hunt
yo cazo – I hunt
yo cacé – I hunted
comenzar – to start, begin
yo comienzo – I start, begin
yo comencé – I started, began
empezar – to start, to begin
yo empiezo – I start, I begin
yo empecé – I started, I began


*cue would be pronounced “kway” and not “sway”


Related Video(s):

  1. Preterite regular -AR verbs
  2. Preterite regular -ER verbs
  3. Preterite regular -IR verbs

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Nov 11, 2008 at 9:06 pm

Ola otra vez. Yo nota que la palabra es uso tambien como “touch”. ?Esta correcto a decir algo como? “No toca la pastel” (Don’t touch the cake).

Gracias otra vez.

Nov 11, 2008 at 10:42 pm

Gracias Senor. Tengo el libro de 501 verbos. Yo encontre los ejemplos de tocar para el “imperativo”.

Toca, no toques……..

Gracias Senor.

Señor Jordan
Nov 11, 2008 at 9:44 pm

Sí. Tienes razón. Tocar se puede usar en las dos formas.
1. Tocar un instrumento
2. tocar (el sentido).

Para ayudarte con el mandato:
(tú) ‘no toques el pastel’
(usted) ‘no toque el pastel’
(ustedes) ‘no toquen el pastel’

y quizás puedo tener videos de eso en el futuro.

michi ,Tokyo
Nov 16, 2008 at 5:08 am

What a amazing program you’d produced!
You do me s great service by this site .
In any case I swear I’ll check you every day,and
I’d like to get your fantastic T-shuts!
See you!!!

May 12, 2009 at 12:33 am

Love, love, love your videos! Thank you! Silly note, though — you put almorzar (u-ue) when it should be (o-ue). =)

I’m addicted to these videos and will probably remain faithful to them until I’m fluent!

Señor Jordan
May 12, 2009 at 9:14 am

¡Gracias! Curse these typos!

Oct 14, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Gracias mucho!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Virginia Chisholm
Jan 7, 2013 at 8:04 am

Cue would not be pronounced sway but kway like in cuello, cuelgo, cuestión, etc. If you can fix that on this video, that would be nice. Thanks so much! I really appreciate your hard work which is so helpful for all of us! Great job!

Mar 24, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Por que tu no tienes los conjugaciones de vosotros?

Feb 9, 2015 at 7:39 am

I love these videos and I use them in the classroom on a regular basis….I also make guided worksheets to go along with videos! It makes for a whole class period and a great lesson plan.

Sra Katz
Mar 13, 2015 at 10:42 am

Muchas gracias Sr. Jordan!
I am so grateful for your hard work and your openness to share.

Spanish 2 student
Oct 26, 2017 at 6:13 am

You are so good. I couldn’t learn how until I watched your video! Gracias and btw my whole Spanish class watches you like everyday! 🙂

Jan 15, 2018 at 12:34 pm

Love the videos! Could you do a song that is over this and one over regular ar,er and ir verbs in the preterite?



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