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Por vs. Para

Written by tutor Amy P.

Por and para can cause English speakers a lot of problems because in English, we only use the word “for.” In Spanish, there are very specific situations in which to use por vs. para. I have outlined these below with examples and have provided an activity to help you practice this important skill.

Para: Ejemplos:
Purpose Estudio el español para tener mejores oportunidades.
Destination/Direction Salgo para Miami en junio.
For or by a specific time (deadline)      Necesito el libro para el viernes.
Opinion Para ella, la blusa es bonita.
Intended Recipient El regalo es para ti.
Employment El programador trabaja para Google.

Por: Ejemplos:
Explanation No hice la tarea por estar enferma.
Movement through Fui por Sevilla.
Length of time Me quedé en España por 6 meses.
Por = by (passive voice)                      El poema fue escrito por Bécquer.
Exchange/purchase Cambié la chaqueta por un suéter.
By means of Llegamos por autobús al hotel.

Por y Para Quiz

Activity: For the following sentences, read carefully and choose por or para to fill in the blank.
Modelo: Vamos____________el colegio a las ocho de la manana. Answer: Para (Destination/Direction.)

Hago la tarea todos los días __________________ sacar buenas notas.

A. por
B. para
The correct answer here would be B.

No fui a la fiesta_____________________tener que trabajar.

A. por
B. para
The correct answer here would be A.

El profesor quiere los ensayos_______________________el viernes.

A. por
B. para
The correct answer here would be B.

La maestra trabaja________________________la escuela secundaria.

A. por
B. para
The correct answer here would be B.

La clase de español es fácil ______________________ mí.

A. por
B. para
The correct answer here would be B.

Compré una blusa_____________________diez dólares.

A. por
B. para
The correct answer here would be B.

Estudié en la biblioteca _____________________ tres horas.

A. por
B. para
The correct answer here would be A.

El retrato fue pintado ___________________Goya.

A. por
B. para
The correct answer here would be A.
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