Spanish Grammar: The Preposition [PARA]

Spanish Grammar: The Preposition PARA

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Spanish Grammar: The Preposition [PARA]
la gramática española: la preposición [para]

  • Generally means for, with a variety of uses.
  • Understand the correct functions for por vs. para.


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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 are the most common uses of PARA:

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

Yo como bien para trabajar bien.
I eat well in order to work well.

Yo llevo anteojos para ver mejor.
I wear glasses in order to see better.

2. Going “to” somewhere:

¡Vamos para México!
Let’s go to Mexico!

¿Para dónde va el autobús?
Where does the bus go?

3. Time or deadlines:

Estoy listo para el lunes.
I’m ready for Monday.

La tarea es para esta noche.
The homework is for tonight.

4. Personal reactions / relations:

Los dulces no son buenos para mí.
Candy isn’t good for me.

No es difícil para mí.
It’s not difficult for me.


¿Para qué trabaja usted?
What are you working for?

¿Para dónde va el tren?
Where does the train go?

¿Para quiénes son los papeles?
Who are the papers for?

¿Para cuándo es la tarea?
When is the homework for?

¿Cuántas personas están listas para el lunes?
How many people are ready for Monday?

¿Cuál es el carro mejor para mi?
Which one is the right car for me?


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