MYTUTOR SUBJECT ANSWERS

479 views

What is the difference between por and para?

Early on in your Spanish studies para is used much more than por, but the more advanced that your writing and speaking becomes the more you need to know to distinguish between the two!

Para is most commonly used to mean 'in order to' before an infinitive verb e.g. yo leo un libro para mejorar mi vocabulario (I read a book in order to improve my vocabulary)

It is also used to express destination e.g. voy para Madrid (I'm going to Madrid)

It indicates a recipient of something e.g. el regalo es para tí (this present is for you)

To express a deadline e.g. los deberes son para lunes (the homework is for Monday)

Por has many more uses than para, as well as being used in many idiomatic expressions such as por supuesto (of course)

To express gratitude and apology e.g. gracias por la cena (thank you for dinner)

It is used for both multiplication and division e.g. 10 por 10 es 100 (10 times 10 is 100)

It means through or along e.g. andamos por el parque (we walk through the park)

For an exchange, for example of money e.g. Te doy 10 euros por el libro (I give you 10 euros for the book)

Other uses include: for means of transport or communication, on behalf of someone, to express cause or reason.

If you learn when to use para you can assume that por is to be used on the other occasions!

Danielle M. GCSE French tutor, A Level French tutor, GCSE Spanish tut...

10 months ago

Answered by Danielle, an A Level Spanish tutor with MyTutor


Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist

71 SUBJECT SPECIALISTS

£22 /hr

Anna P.

Degree: Politics (Bachelors) - Exeter University

Subjects offered:Spanish, Government and Politics

Spanish
Government and Politics

“Experienced tutor in GCSE, A-level, university and adult learners. Tutoring Spanish and Politics. Fluent in Polish, English and Spanish.”

£24 /hr

Tom P.

Degree: Modern Languages & Business Studies (Bachelors) - Newcastle University

Subjects offered:Spanish, French

Spanish
French

“Highly experienced tutor and fluent speaker of Spanish, French, and Italian specialising in exam prep and adult learning !”

£22 /hr

Charles R.

Degree: Modern Languages (Bachelors) - Durham University

Subjects offered:Spanish, French+ 2 more

Spanish
French
English Literature
-Personal Statements-

“French & Spanish student at Durham University. French, Spanish and English tutor currently living in Toledo, Spain.”

About the author

Danielle M.

Currently unavailable: for new students

Degree: Spanish and French Studies (Bachelors) - Warwick University

Subjects offered:Spanish, French

Spanish
French

“About me: My name is Danielle and I am about to be a final year student of French and Spanishat Warwick University. I spent the last twelve months on my year abroad, where I was a student at Málaga University in Spain and University ...”

You may also like...

Posts by Danielle

How do you form the imperfect tense in Spanish?

How do you revise for French exams?

How do you revise for Spanish exams?

What is the difference between por and para?

Other A Level Spanish questions

How does the imperative work?

Describe uno de los protagonistas del libro o de la película que has estudiado y explica su papel en el desarrollo de uno de los temas de la obra.

How do you form the perfect tense in Spanish (say you HAVE DONE something)?

¿Podremos prescindir de los combustibles fósiles en el futuro?

View A Level Spanish tutors

We use cookies to improve your site experience. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss

mtw:mercury1:status:ok