Uses of PARA in Spanish



Para” means “for”, “to”, “in oder to” depending on the context.




  1. To indicate destination

Example: el hombre salió para Madrid. (The man left to Madrid)


  1. To show the use or purpose of a thing

Example: el vaso es para agua. (The cup is for water)


  1. To mean “in order to” or “for the purpose of”

Example: para hacer paella, primero dore las carnes. (To prepare Paella, first brown the meat)


  1. To indicate a recipient

Example: este regalo es para ti. (This gift is for you)


  1. To express a deadline or specific time

Example: necesito el vestido para el lunes. (I need the dress for Monday)


  1. To express a contrast from what is expected

Example: para ser un niño, lee muy bien. (Despite he is a kid, he can read well)



  1. “estar para” to express an action that will soon be completed (it’s about to happen)

Example: el tren está para salir. (The train is about to leave)



  1. To express an opinion

Example: para ellos, eso es fundamental. (For them, that is fundamental)



Some idiomatic expressions with “Para”:



1no es para tantoit’s not a big deal
2no estar para bromasto be in no mood for jokes
3para comenzar / empezarto begin with
4para despuésfor after
5para entoncesby that time
6para luegofor later
7para máson top of that
8para mi gustofor my taste
9para otra vezfor another occasion
10para que sepasjust so you know
11para siempreforever / for good
12para toda la vidafor all your life
13para variarjust for a change
14ser tal para cualtwo be two of a kind
15sin qué ni para quéwithout rhyme or reason
16y para colmo (de males)and to top it all (to make matters worse)



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