Por vs Para Rules & Practice Game

learn por vs para in a game

I have created a way for you to master por vs para rules just in this article. First, you will learn the rules. Then, you will practice it by playing a game! Not a better way out there to learn such a difficult concept.

Para and Por is so difficult because it can mean:

  • for
  • per
  • by
  • through
  • along
  • towards
  • instead of
  • and more

So you can imagine why so many people have so many problems mastering it. It’s important to know the words, but even more important is to be able to practice it over and over again. Now get to studying, soon you will know the difference between por and para.

por vs para practice & game

When to use Por in Spanish

In exchange for

Te lo doy por cinco dolares. – I will give it to you for five dollars.

La dio su gorra por sus zapatos. – He gave her his hat for her shoes.

Length of time

Estuve alla por dos horas. – I was there for two hours.

Te lo doy por cinco dolares. – I will give it to you for five dolares.

Means of doing something

Viaje por Europa por tren. – I travelled europe by train.

Te llame por teléfono – I called you by phone.

Through, along or by

Voy por el parque.. – I am going through the park.

Estuve por el rió.- I was by the river.

Giving thanks

Gracias por todo. – Thanks for everything.

Gracias por el almuerzo. – Thank you for lunch.

Frequency

Me ducho dos veces por día. – I shower two times per day.

When to use Para in Spanish

Receiving a gift

Este regalo es para ti. – This present is for you.

Purpose for

La cama es para dormir. – The bed is for sleeping.

Employed by

Mi amigo trabaja para su padre. – My friend works for his father.

Comparisons

Hablas bien para ser extranjero. – You speak well for a foreigner.

Towards a direction

Vamos para allá. – Let’s go that direction.

In the future

Eso es para mañana. – That is for tomorrow.

If you want a deeper understanding of the rules of Por vs. Para, check out this video. It covers the subject pretty well:

The Only Way to Really Master Por vs Para

The truth is learning para vs. por is so complicated that you honestly can’t learn it just trying to remember rules, the only way to really learn it is the same way every native speaker in Latin America has mastered it… practice and repetition.

Practice and repetition is typically boring, so the solution is to learn it by playing a game. If you are interested in checkout a game and not a demo to learn spanish, click here.

Por vs Para Practice Game

Now the you know por vs para rules, it’s time for practice game. I challenge you to at least become a champ and get your griffin to the end. If you do, I promise your understanding of when to use Para vs Por will be very good.

Here you can study the all the por and para grammar and sentences that you will see in the game. Check it out:

Practice Grammar

Question in Spanish Translation in English Answer
Este regalo es ____ ti. This gift is for you para
Voy ____ Mexico mañana I’m going to Mexico tomorrow para
Practico deportes ____ mi salud I practice sports for my health por
Necesito terminarlo ____ el miércoles I need to finish it by Wednesday para
Voy a viajar a Europa ____ tren I’m going to travel to Europe by train por
Te doy dos dólares ____ tu taco I’ll give you $2 for your taco por
Voy a visitar a mi amigo ___ dos horas I’m going to visit my friend for 2 hours por
Haría lo mismo ___ ti I’d do the same for you por
Contácteme ____ teléfono Contact me by phone por
¿Quieres caminar ____ la playa? Do you want to walk on the beach? por
Mi hija viajó ____ Europa My daughter traveled through Europe por
Cada día estudio ____ dos horas I study for 2 hours everyday por
Mi madre trabaja ____ ocho horas My mom works for 8 hours por
Tengo que hacer ejercicio ____ una hora I have to exercise for 1 hour por
Estudio español ____ mi novio I study spanish because of my boyfriend por
Trabajo ____ quien me paga I work for who pays me para
¿Quieres cambiar el euro ____ dólares? Do you want to change euro for dollars? por
He vivido en Australia ____ cinco años I have lived in Australia for 5 years por
Ayer vi la televisión ____ dos horas Yesterday I watched TV for 2 hours por
Compré una hamburguesa ____ cinco dólares I bought a hamburger for $5 por
Lo hice ____ respeto I did it out of respect por
Hablo con mis padres ____ teléfono I speak with my parents on the phone por
¿Llegan tarde ____ el tráfico? Are you late due to traffic? por
Corre ____ la playa cada noche She runs along the beach every night por
Mi hijo salió ____ Turquía ayer My son left for Turkey yesterday para
Tengo que comprar un regalo ____ mi hermana I have to buy a gift for my sister para
Hago ejercicio ____ mi salud I exercise for my health por
Esta comida es ____ ti This food is for you para
Tienes que terminar tu tarea ____ el viernes You have to finish your homework by Friday para
Estoy ahorrando ____ unas vacaciones I am saving for a holiday para
Voy a amarte ____ siempre I am going to love you forever para
Trabajo ____ poder viajar I work so I can travel para
Esto es ____ ti This is for you para
____ un cambio quiero vivir en Colombia For a change I want to live in Colombia por
____ mí, la comida es importante For me, food is important para
Esta agua es ____ lavar That water is for washing para
____ nosotros, los postres son pequeños For us, desserts are small para
Me mudé a Chile ____ aprender español I moved to Chile to learn spanish para
¿Este dinero es ____ mi? Is this money for me? para
____ empezar, vamos al cine For starters, lets go to the cinema para
No me gusta ____ nada I don’t like it at all para
____ lo menos podemos tomar algo At least we can have a drink por
Día ____ día mi español está mejorando Day by day my spanish is improving por
____ lo mismo quiero irme For the same reason I want to leave por
Palabra ____ palabra dijo que me amaba Word for word he said he loved me por
Mi casa esta ____ allí My house is around there por
Estoy cien ____ ciento seguro I am 100 percent sure por
____ cierto voy a visitarte For sure, I am going to visit you por
____ lo general ¿comes sano? Generally do you eat healthy? por

Practice Sentences

in Spanish in English
Por lo menos podemos tomar algo At least we can have a drink
Día por día Day by day
Por lo mismo quiero irme For the same reason I want to leave
Palabra por palabra dijo Word for word he said…
Mi casa está por allí My house is around there
Estoy cien por ciento seguro I am 100 percent sure
Por cierto voy a visitarte For sure, I am going to visit you
Por lo general ¿comes sano? Generally do you eat healthy?
Este regalo es para ti. This gift is for you
Voy para Mexico mañana I’m going to Mexico tomorrow
Practico deportes por mi salud I practice sports for my health
Necesito terminarlo para el miércoles I need to finish it by Wednesday
Voy a viajar a Europa por tren I’m going to travel to Europe by train
Te doy dos dólares por tu taco I’ll give you $2 for your taco
Visité a mi amigo por dos horas I visited my friend for 2 hours
Haría lo mismo por ti I’d do the same for you
Contácteme por teléfono Contact me by phone
¿Quieres caminar por la playa? Do you want to walk on the beach?
Mi hija viajó por Europa My daughter traveled through Europe
Cada día estudio por dos horas Every day I study for 2 hours
Mi madre trabaja por ocho horas My mom works for 8 hours
Tengo que hacer ejercicio por una hora I have to exercise for 1 hour
Estudio español por mi novio I study spanish because of my boyfriend
Trabajo para quien me paga I work for who pays me
¿Quieres cambiar el euro por dólares? Do you want to change euro for dollars?
Viví en Australia por cinco años I lived in Australia for 5 years
Ayer vi la televisión por tres horas Yesterday I watched TV for 3 hours
Compré una por cinco dólares I bought one for $5
Lo hice por respeto I did it out of respect
Hablo con mis padres por teléfono I speak with my parents on the phone
¿Llegan tarde por el tráfico? You guys will arrive late due to traffic?
Corre por la playa She runs along the beach
Mi hijo salió para Turquía ayer My son left for Turkey yesterday
Tengo que comprar un regalo para mi hermana I have to buy a gift for my sister
Hago ejercicio por mi salud I exercise for my health
Esta comida es para ti This food is for you
Tienes que terminarla para el viernes You have to finish it by Friday
Ahorro para unas vacaciones I save for a holiday
Voy a amarte para siempre I am going to love you forever
Trabajo para poder viajar I work so I can travel
Esto es para ti This is for you
Por un cambio For a change
Para mí, la comida es importante For me, food is important
Ese agua es para lavar That water is for washing
Para nosotros, son pequeños For us, they are small
Me mudé a Chile para aprender español I moved to Chile to learn spanish
¿Este dinero es para mi? Is this money for me?
Para empezar, vamos al cine For starters, lets go to the cinema
No me gusta para nada I don’t like it at all

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