Para = For, to
Por = For, in, along, around, through, out of, on behalf of, because of.
Free Spanish practice using prepositions Por and Para in context via a video clip and supporting Gap Fill Exercise + a summary of the grammar below the video:
Por vs Para
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.
. . . .
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
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Follow-up Gap fill exercise:
Por and Para Worksheet
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