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How to Use “Por” and “Para” Like a Native

tolunayo
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This is a very good and pretty complete list of use cases of Por and Para in Spanish.

http://www.fluentu.com/spanish/blog/por-and-para/

I wish our Duolingo course had a unit with several sub units dedicated solely for Por vs Para to exercise these uses cases over and over again until it becomes second nature.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/fuadpacific
2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DaveBoss
DaveBoss
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Wow! I just watched this video, very helpful! It's 45 minutes long and drags a bit, but by the end, if you are paying attention, you will know when to use both, without any memorization.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fuadpacific

Yep, drags a bit in the middle. But, her teaching method is very good!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tommylc
tommylc
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Didn't expect to watch the whole thing, I normally can't focus with people talking hence Duolingo. Thanks for sharing!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fuadpacific

All of her videos are instructive and easy to listen. Good luck!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J.R.Nogal
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Por is used when we talk about a cause. Para is used when we talk abiut a goal.

Examples

Yo trabajo para pagar mi auto. Yo estoy enfemo por comer demasiado.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo
tolunayo
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What you are saying is correct for those cases but that is over simplification. If you examine the link I've provided, there are many more cases particular to each and in particular idiomatic expressions needs to be learned as is.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-LiamAnderson-
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And por also translates as "by". Very confusing in English, as "made by" and "made for" are two completely different things...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/swiftredfoxes
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In Spanish too! "Made by..." means "hecho por..." and "made for..." translates to "hecho para...", so if you want to say "Made for English speakers" you'd say "hecho para angloparlantes / hablantes del inglés."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-LiamAnderson-
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Which is why it is never a good idea to think of "por" as completely "for".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Selma-Ibrahim

I wish I could say I understand, but I don't. XD.

Para mí, esto es la cosa más difícil en el español.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DaveBoss
DaveBoss
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Selma, there is not an easy explanation. As you can see in the graphic here:

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/cc/b4/5c/ccb45c6f118ebee6a5fc6f6cddaaacf6.jpg

there are at least 7 ways to use Para and 8 ways to use Por. You either memorize these and think through them each time, or better, find a website or book to let you practice, so it becomes second nature. If you use this graphic, notice that the "T"and "G" usage definitions for Por are switched by mistake.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Selma-Ibrahim

Thanks!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rclear0621

Yo también.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kevinm1986
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I was talking with some Spanish teachers the other day. I can't remember the exact situation, but they were talking about para vs. por and even they couldn't decide which was correct. Based on the "rules," it should have been one, but a teacher who's a native speaker said it should have been the other.

In short, I think there's really no substitute for experience and coming across the words in as many different expressions as possible.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eshaan96

Yea, plus the explanations dry out at the end of the tree... :(

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JosephGree14

Para es quando vamos por cualquier cosa

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Antwan22190

I was surprised that it wasn't included myself. I was hoping that it would teach me the difference between the two. Heck, I know native Spanish speakers mix them from time to time.

DuoLingo, try to add this as a future extra skill please, it's imperative to know the difference!

2 years ago
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