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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eshaan96

Para vs. por

How do you differentiate it? Like which one to use and all that?

March 22, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vwlj

POR: cause, motive, because of, on behalf of, on account of (cierro la ventana por mi abuela); duration of time (Estoy aquí por un mes); through, by, along, by way of (Juan va por Calle Insurgentes al museo); in exchange for (Los plátanos son diez pesos por veinte); measure, frequency - like the English "per" (Ese auto va cien km por hora); with the object of an errand (Voy al mercado por lechuga). PARA: re. the intended use of something or someone (Este vaso es para cerveza); re. a recipient (Esta blusa es para tí, Mamá); re. toward a certain direction (Salimos para México mañana); re. a specific point in time (Este museo está abierto para Navidad); re. a purpose (Estudiamos para hablar español); lack of correspondence, implied comparison (El es muy honrado para un político). There may be other instances of usage. And, even though I theoretically know the above, I still confuse the two!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aukejw

after learning how to use these, I consistently mixed them up. Same thing happened when I finally found out how to use este/esto...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ellakalepa06

Golly! I know right?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/abbathe

In general think para for purpose, por for reason, para looks forwards and por looks back


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bill-Roca

These sites help, but it's still not easy. Reading the sites, then taking their tests (if available) is very useful though.

http://spanish.about.com/cs/grammar/a/porpara.htm

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

http://www.spanishdict.com/topics/show/10


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dan.bollin

go to u tube and look for professor Jason and look for the por and para presentation, in fact, he has about 70 different lessons


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bertadee

Thanks for the tip on professor Jason - I'll be exploring many of his videos!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kiersteadlinda

Enjoyed his discussion.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kiersteadlinda

Beginning to become more clear. thanks all.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/narcez

Basically, "para" is used to say "for" and "por" is used to say "by". However, "por" will be used in sentences that wouldn't translate to "by". I hope this makes sense.


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