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Por y Para

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Por y Para

Post Number: #1  Postby Jessica » January 29th, 2011, 7:04 pm

Por and para are two prepositions that are commonly confused.

  • To express gratitude or apology
      Gracias por la carta.
  • For multiplication and division
      4 por 2 es 2.
  • To express frequency
      Estudié por tres horas.
  • Meaning through, along, by or in the area of (movement)
      Viajé por el canal.
  • In exchange for
      Cambiamos el pudín por las papas fritas.
  • To mean on behalf of, in favor of, or in exchange for
      Voté por Obama.
  • To express a specific length of time
      Yo trabajé por 8 horas.
  • To express a general time
      Por la mañana, veremos por Navidad.
  • For means of communication or transportation
      Mandé un mensaje por email.
      Viajamos por tren.
  • Per
      Conduje 3 millas por hora.
  • Because of (por + noun) (por + inf)
      No conduje por la nieve.
      No salimos por estar cansados.
  • For the sake of
      Los soldados hacen todo lo necesario por su país.
  • Estar por means to be in the mood, or inclined to do something
      Estoy por café.
  • In passive constructions
      El libro fue escrito por Becquer.


  • To indicate destination
      Tomé el tren para Madrid
  • To show the use or purpose of a thing
      Este plato es para la cena.
  • To mean in order to (para + inf)
      Busco un trabajo nuevo para ganar más dinero.
  • To indicate a recipient
      La leche es para mi vecino.
  • To express a deadline or specific time
      La tarea es para mañana.
  • Point of view/opinion
      Para mí, el libro es excellente.
  • Estar para to express an action that will soon be completed
      Estoy para terminar el examen.
  • Comparison/reference
      Para un niño de 6 años, él puede leer bien.
  • Work for (employed by)
      Yo trabajo para NA.
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