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Por and Para!

Hi, I am trying to break the por/para problems i have and feel like i have a much better handle on things after some intensive practise but one thing is still confusing me a lot and wondered if anyone could help?

I have a GCSE Spanish revision guide which says that you use para as 'for' in sentences 'for x days' e.g. quiero el coche para tres días (I want the car for three days) however when I have been taking practice tests and quizzes online i am getting answers wrong like: "Quisiera una habitación con baño privado ___ dos noches." because they say the answer is por but I don't understand the difference.

Can somebody please explain? Thank you!

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/andrewspinoza

mmm.. that's the problem with spanish, it's so diversed ! as a native speaker i have no idea, i would use por or para in both situations. i found this on the internet, hope it's helpful:

http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/porpara.htm

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Keira850297

Thanks for this, I have already looked at the link. If you think you could use either I will go with that (or por as that seems to be the majority rule!) Thanks again and I have given you a lingot.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/andrewspinoza

wow thanks... you didn't have to!! :) hope you improve your spanish! que sigas aprendiendo español!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/andrewspinoza

ooopss someone else put this link earlier ....

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thegods14
thegods14
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The correct answer would be por. I like to think of por taking the place of "during" or "through" in cases like this:

Quiero jugar por dos horas - I want to play for (during) two hours.

As for the reference guide talking about para in that light, What I can say is that they're probably referring to a due date,

For example:

Necesito un coche para el jueves que viene - I need a car for(or by) the coming thursday. (due date)

Lastly - i've always found this article to be the easiest to understand while also being the most helpful in explaining the several differences between por and para: http://www.spanishdict.com/blog/5-steps-to-understanding-por-vs-para/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GonzaloP.

Hi, its very confused to non native spanish talkers, because in english you use both "por" and "para" with just one word, but in Spanish is not the same, there are little differences to help you understand, this is a good and simple resume http://www.aulahispanica.com/node/85 (in spanish)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BruceBixby
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The rule is to use por when describing a period of time

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndreaMarn11

Okay no problem. In Spanish we use " to " when is meant destination , comparison, reason , purpose, direction , make a comparison and indicate time limit. While " Para " is used to indicate where you travel, indicate through , indicate location , indicate a period , indicate change , indicate substitution, indicate cause, express measures , indicate the part of the day , multiply, describe mode , indicate the agent to be used , indicate choice , indicate inclination, indicate reason.. I hope this may help you.. Greetings from Mexico City!

2 years ago
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