Conjugate -gar verbs where g > gu in all forms in El Presente de Subjuntivo (present subjunctive)

Spanish verbs ending in -gar replace the -g- with a -gu- in El Presente de Subjuntivo. This is to preserve the sound from the infinitive.

Here is the conjugation of pagar (to pay) affected by this spelling change: 

yo pague
pagues
él / ella / Ud. pague
nosotros paguemos
vosotros paguéis
ellos / ellas / Uds.   paguen

Read and listen to these examples:

No descansaré hasta que pague la deuda.
I won't rest until I pay my debt.

No voy a aceptar que pagues por todo.
I am not going to allow you to pay for everything.

Deja que él pague las cervezas.
Let him pay for the beers.

No tendremos vacaciones hasta que paguemos la hipoteca.
We won't have any holidays until we pay the mortgage.

Es justo que vosotros paguéis la mitad.
It is fair that you pay half.

Paguen en esa ventanilla, por favor.
Pay at that counter, please. ("you" formal plural)

There are other useful verbs that have this same g > gu spelling change, for example: apagar (to turn off)entregar (to deliver), jugar (to play) 
Here are more examples with these verbs:

No apagues la luz del salón, por favor.
Please don't turn off the light in the lounge.

Cuando me entreguen el contrato seré feliz.
I'll be happy when they give me the contract.

Juguemos un rato a las cartas.
Let's play cards for a bit.

See the List of -gar verbs change in El Presente de Subjuntivo 

Examples and resources

Deja que él pague las cervezas.
Let him pay for the beers.


Paguen en esa ventanilla, por favor.
Pay at that counter, please. ("you" formal plural)


No apagues la luz del salón, por favor.
Please don't turn off the light in the lounge.


No tendremos vacaciones hasta que paguemos la hipoteca.
We won't have any holidays until we pay the mortgage.


Juguemos un rato a las cartas.
Let's play cards for a bit.


Es justo que vosotros paguéis la mitad.
It is fair that you pay half.


Cuando me entreguen el contrato seré feliz.
I'll be happy when they give me the contract.


No descansaré hasta que pague la deuda.
I won't rest until I pay my debt.


No voy a aceptar que pagues por todo.
I am not going to allow you to pay for everything.


Q&A Forum 2 questions, 4 answers

Why is juguemos used with a las cartas as las cartas is not a person?

Asked 1 month ago
InmaKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hola Emanuel

In this sentence you are referring to:

Juguemos un rato a las cartas.

Let's play cards for a bit.

The subject of the sentence is not "las cartas"; The subject of "juguemos" is "nosotros". It is a bit difficult to see it as in English the translation is not literal, but if we analyse the English sentence we can see that "Let's play cards" means "Let US play cards"; it is referring to us.

In Spanish as you know we need to agree subject with verb: (Nosotros) juguemos...

I  hope this clarified it.

Saludos,

Inma

Why is juguemos used with a las cartas as las cartas is not a person?

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Why is this verb plural?

Asked 8 months ago
InmaKwiziq language super star

Hola Lucy

What do you mean? verbs don't have singular and plural.

Are you referring to a specific question?

Inma

It was question #6 (B1 test):    "He pedido a la mensajería que ________ el paquete por la tarde."

The answer entreguen is in the third person plural, but it seems to me it should be in third person singular, because the subject of the clause (mensajería) is singular.   Please help.   Thank you.

Yes, same question. 'La mensajería' is a singular subject but the correct answer on the quiz is the plural conjugation. Thank you.

Why is this verb plural?

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