Why does changing g to j preserve the infinitive pronunciation?
As you know Pat the g can be sounded as in gate or goat or as an h sound, as in girasol.
The letter j is also sounded as an h sound as in jardín.
So in the infinite Proteger, when conjugated in the present, all the endings use the 'h sounding g' because the g is followed by e and e is a soft vowel. However the exception is in the first person singular. Here the g can't be used because protego is g + o and is a hard sound. It wouldn't match the rest of the conjugation. So the 'h sounding j' is used instead= protejo in order to maintain the sound.
I hope my explanation isn't too long-winded & confusing and helps a little.
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