Por o Para

In Spanish there are two words for for… For example I could look for you (as you are missing), or look for you (as you need help looking).

Por

Along or through
Camino por el parque
I walk through the park

Motive, Means, Reason
Habló por teléfono
I talk on the phone

Non specific time
Trabajo por la mañana
I work in the morning

Buy or exchange
Compro el libro por cinco libras
I buy the book for five pounds

Expression
Por ejemplo
For example

Instead of
Trabajo por mi compañero
I work for my partner

Para

Destination
Voy para el centro
I go to the centre

In order to
Estudio para aprender
Study to learn

Specific time
El trabajo es para jueves
the work is for Thursday

Place or person you work for
Trabajo para el BBC
I work for the BBC

Person something is addressed to
El regalo es para el niño
The gift is for the child

Something good or bad for something else
Fumar es malo para la salud
Smoking is bad for your health

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