When to use por and para in Spanish-part I
If you are a bit observant you might have notice…
following by nouns to express a reason, a cause.
following by a verb in infinitive, and we express a porpurse, a goal
Sometimes if you keep in mind the time and the chronological order that the actions in the sentences follow might help as…
1-When we use PARA and we talk about a purpose, normally the purpose goes after the main action like.
Voy a clase para aprender español, “I go to class to learn Spanish”
First you need to come to the lessons and then you will learn Spanish
First–>I go to class
After–>I learn Spanish
Estudio español para viajar “I study Spanish to travel”
First you study and then you travel
2-While using POR, we talk about a reason, and the main thing happens after something.
No va a la excursión por sus malas notas “He does not go to the trip because of his bad marks”
First–>He got bad marks
After–>He does not go to the trip
First we got bad mark, therefore he is not going to the trip
Does it make sense?
#Trick-most of the times if you can use in English in order to you would need to use para in Spanish, but if you can use because of you would need to use por, sometimes you might need to tweak the sentences a bit but it works 95 % of the time.
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And that is all my friends, this is the first big thing you need to tackle in order to master por and para, the rest of the meaning are straight forward and we will see them after, for now just try to focus on get the difference between purpose and reason, how? With this amazing quiz I have created so you can check if you finally got it http://makeaquiz.net/1KqeT2
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