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How to use POR and PARA

The words por and para are frequently confused when learning Portuguese. Both can often mean for in English, but they have different uses.

Here are some common uses for por:

use example translation
price Comprei esta bolsa por $10. I bought this handbag for $10.
common cause Um por todos e todos por um. One for all and all for one.
duration Eles saíram de férias por uma semana. They went on holiday for a week.
means Conversamos ontem por telefone. We spoke yesterday on the phone.
on behalf of Você entrega o presente por mim? Will you deliver the present for me?
passive voice Ele foi assaltado por bandidos. He was robbed by thieves.
in exchange for Meu pai me paga por lavar o carro dele. My dad pays me for washing his car.
reason Fui castigado por chegar atrasado. I was punished for arriving late.
frequency Nos reunimos uma vez por mês. We meet once a month.
distribution Um Lingot por usuário. One Lingot per user.

Here are some common uses for para:

use example translation
deadline Esta tarefa é para segunda-feira. This assignment is due Monday.
designation Este presente é para você. This present is for you.
purpose Comprei bolo para sobremesa. I bought cake for dessert.
opinion Para mim, este é o poema mais lindo. For me, this is the most beautiful poem.
employment Ela trabalha para o governo She works for the government.
future point in time Vamos deixar para semana que vem. Let's leave it for next week.
direction / destination Vou para o cinema. Quer vir? I'm going to the movies. Want to come?
concession Ele é muito maduro para sua idade. His is very mature for his age.

Practice your Portuguese!

Fill in the blanks with por and para and share your answers in the comments section.

1) Nós viajamos duas vezes _ mês. (We travel twice a month.)

2) Elas vão _ a praia todo fim de semana. (They go to the beach every weekend.)

3) _ que serve isto? (What’s this for?)

4) É _ isso que ela está triste. (That’s why she’s sad.)

5) Ela foi elogiada _ todos. (She was praised by everyone.)


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October 23, 2017

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jennycoy1

A big thanks again Helpful for more very useful info. for my P progression. :))

October 23, 2017

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

No problem, jennycoy1. Happy to know you're making good use of these! And thanks for always sharing your thoughts here in the comments section. :)

October 23, 2017

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

Thank you for useful resources like this. However, kindly think of accessibility issues and consider using high-contrast text. What use is a good resource if it cannot be read? It might as well be invisible.

And I was so looking forward to learning from reading this.

Edited to add: This reminds me of a time in my career when I was making a lot of PowerPoint presentations. Sometimes I would cover part of a slide and the audience would groan disapprovingly. At that time, I didn't understand why the audience disapproved of that technique. But then eventually I understood.

Trust your audience. They are smart and don't like gimmicks.

October 23, 2017

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

Hi moibii, thanks for your feedback. Did you try clicking on the links called "click to enlarge", which appear beneath the tables? Please let me know if that resolves it for you! Thanks.

October 23, 2017

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

1) Nós viajamos duas vezes ”por” mês. (We travel twice a month.)

2) Elas vão "para" a praia todo fim de semana. (They go to the beach every weekend.)

3) "Por" que serve isto? (What’s this for?)

4) É "por" isso que ela está triste. (That’s why she’s sad.)

5) Ela foi elogiada "por" todos. (She was praised by everyone.)

October 27, 2017

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

Almost! The third one is "Para" (purpose). The other ones are all correct.

October 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shaym88

Great! Are the rules same for spanish?

November 18, 2017
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