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!

Here is a brief breakdown of when to use [POR] vs. [PARA].

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


¿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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