Email Email:
Phone Tel./ Fax: 0058 295 242 19 20
Phone Tel.: 0058 295 808 84 11
Phone Cellphone:0058 412 353 31 24

CELA Spanish School online

Por and para

The differences between "por" and "para":

As you may have notice in your learning process, once again you need to decide between 2 options that mean the same in your mother tongue.

When should I use por and when should I use para?

In the case of prepositions the rules are not as clear as in the case of the verbs. Prepositions are related to the verbs they accompany and we also have many expressions.

However, as any other word, each preposition has its own meaning. Por means cause, reasons (because of) and para means objective, goal (in order to)

No fuimos a la playa por la lluvia. (cause) We did not go to the beach because of the rain.

Vamos a la playa para descansar. ( objective) We are going to the beach in order to relax

On the following YouTube video we explain the uses of por and para and the most frequent expressions: Diferencias entre por y para