The Spanish prepositions “por” and “para” can both be translated as “for.” There are few consistent rules about when each is appropriate, so your best bet is to study real example sentences rather than memorize rules. Accordingly, we have used two of WordBrewery’s newest features—the ability to automatically create lists of example sentences containing any word and the ability to print sentence lists as PDFs for offline study—to create the following two free documents for you to study. Each contains thirty real sentences from the news containing the words “por” or “para”:
An idiom is a “set phrase” whose meaning is different than its individual words might suggest. Accordingly, idioms should be learned as phrases rather than as combinations of words with separate and independent meanings.