|Sent on:||Wednesday, February 20, 2013 11:13 AM|
Many Spanish speakers really appreciate it when Spanish language learners use por and para correctly.
If you research this topic, you will find lots of advice on how to use these correctly ... however, most of the time you'll find LOTS OF RULES for both por and para. If you're anything like me, I don't process 20 rules instantaneously while talking, so I need a simple plan to follow. Below I offer you a plan, but keep in mind that no plan for understanding this aspect of Spanish is foolproof.
Forget about por, and instead focus on learning the primary uses for para. That's right ... focus only on how to use para correctly (because there are a lot less rules). If you remember the following para rules, and then use por for everything else, you will be correct 88.74% of the time. (I just made up that percentage). If you want just ONE rule, remember that por is a pathway "from" something (the pathway being "through," "around," "by," "along," "because"), but para is a forward focus "to" something or someone.
POR IS FROM ... PARA IS TO
Here are the 5 basic uses of para:
“In order to”