Spanish Grammar: The Prepositions [POR] vs. [PARA]

Spanish Grammar: The Prepositions POR vs. PARA

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Spanish Grammar: The Prepositions [POR] vs. [PARA]
la gramática española: las preposiciones [por] vs. [para]

  • Generally means for, with a variety of uses.
  • Understand the correct functions and utilize them together.

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Both POR and PARA can be translated as “for” in English. However, they can have a wide variety of uses.

The first thing that you should remember is that POR and PARA are not interchangeable. They have different meanings and can be used differently in sentences. Don’t get them confused! Here is a brief rundown of POR vs. PARA and their uses. For more information, visit the individual lessons on POR and PARA here in LEAF!

When to use POR:

1. To indicate cause or reason.

2. Support or action for a cause

3. To indicate exchange

4. Traveling through a location (via or by)

5. “Per” as in “Percent”

6. Indicating who is performing an action

7. General time expressions

When to use PARA:

1. In order to “do” something (often with an infinitive)

2. Going “to” somewhere

3. Time or deadlines

4. Personal reactions / relations

Adapt:

¿Qué es fácil para usted?
What is easy for you?

¿Para quién son los chocolates?
Who are the chocolates for?

¿Cuándo van por Miami?
When are you going through Miami?

¿Por qué no haces su tarea?
Who won’t you do your homework?

¿Cuánto cuestan por todo?
How much for everything?

¿Cuál es la clase correcta para mí?
Which one is the correct class for me?

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