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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”:



  Spanish English
1 no es para tanto it’s not a big deal
2 no estar para bromas to be in no mood for jokes
3 para comenzar / empezar to begin with
4 para después for after
5 para entonces by that time
6 para luego for later
7 para más on top of that
8 para mi gusto for my taste
9 para otra vez for another occasion
10 para que sepas just so you know
11 para siempre forever / for good
12 para toda la vida for all your life
13 para variar just for a change
14 ser tal para cual two be two of a kind
15 sin qué ni para qué without rhyme or reason
16 y para colmo (de males) and to top it all (to make matters worse)



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