Por and Para – Spanish Prepositions
Para = For, to
Por = For, in, along, around, through, out of, on behalf of, because of.
PARA = FOR:
El regalo es para mí.
The present is for me.
PARA = TO (with infinitive verbs):
Voy a la cantina para comer.
I go to the canteen to eat.
+ Use Para with the verb viajar (to travel)
Viajo para España
= I travel to Spain.
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POR = FOR (to say thank you):
Gracias por los globos
= Thank you for the balloons.
POR = IN (the morning/afternoon/evening):
Tomo un café por la mañana.
= I have a coffee in the morning.
POR = Along, Around, Through, Out of:
Paso por la puerta
= I go through the door.
Caminan por la calle.
= They walk along the road.
Anda por la ciudad.
= He walks around the city.
Miro por la ventana.
= I look out of the window.
POR = Because of, On behalf of, Thanks to:
– Compro el helado por mi hermana.
I buy the ice-cream on behalf of (for) my sister.
– ¡Por suerte llego a tiempo!
= Luckily (thanks to luck) I arrive on time!
POR = FOR (to pay for things):
Pago por el billete de tren
I pay for the train ticket
Por and Para Video
Follow-up Gap fill exercise:
Por and Para Worksheet
Por and Para Quiz
This quiz is also available on its own separate page here:
#1. I travel by plane to go to Valencia.
#2. I am going to Valencia to go to Las Fallas.
#3. There are gunpowder explosions in the mornings.
#4. People go out in the street to watch the explosions.
#5. There are fallas all over Valencia.
#6. I buy churros for breakfast.
#7. The falleras walk through the streets with flowers for the Virgen de los Desamparados.
#8. The falleros walk with flowers for the Virgin too.
#9. They set up lots of fireworks for the last night.
#10. They burn the fallas on 19th March in the evening.
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