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Para v. Por

i noticed many people have problems with 'para' and 'por,' to which i'm one of those who's confused. i've looked it up on line and well, here's just a little word-trick to help you guys memorise it if you're up for it:

para: PRODDS

Purpose (in order to)

Recipient (for)

Opinion (for, according to)

Destination (for)

Deadline (for, by, on)

Standard (for)


Duration (for)

Reason/motive (because of)

Emotion (for)

Exchange (for)

Medium (communicate/transport, by, on, through)

Substitution (for, instead of)

hope this helps, details (and credits) are found here: http://www.spanishdict.com/answers/100035/para-and-por#.UpxZ7mT4huA

wish us all luck in learning spanish, and have a nice day! :)

P.S. there's another trick for ser and estar too, in case anyone doesn't know, which is also why i tried looking up por and para. Ser is DOCTOR and estar is PLACE, details are on other comment threads and here: http://www.spanishdict.com/answers/100040/ser-and-estar#.UpxZ5GT4huA

good luck!

4 years ago



sorry for the spacing issues... it's hard to get how the spacing and formatting works... magnifying the 'por' and 'para' are kinda cool already... anyone else knows how to work on formats on the discussion board? :S

4 years ago

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If you put three dashes ( - ) it will create a line like the one below:

I hope this helps!

4 years ago


it did work! thank you so much! :D

4 years ago