Some beginner (and advanced) students often have some problems with the use of POR, PARA or PORQUE and it can be one of the most frustrating topics to learn in Spanish. In this lesson we are going to review some rules to recognize when we should use one or the other.
We use POR when we want to talk about the reason behind something. In this case, you must use a noun after POR.
POR + Noun: “I like Buenos Aires because of the weather.” (I like Buenos Aires because of the weather.)
“I eat chicken because of the protein it has.” (I eat chicken because it has protein).
In Spanish you must use PARA when you talk about the goal of an action or the goal of an object. In this case you will use the verb in the infinitive. FOR + Infinitive Verb: “I save money to travel to another country.” (I save money to travel to another country.)/ “The pencil is used to write.” (The pencil is used to write).
Finally, we use Because when you are talking about the reason for something, but instead of just using the infinitive of the verb, we use the conjugation of the verb.
BECAUSE + Conjugated verb: “I’m going to buy new clothes because I want to be elegant tonight.”
(I am going to buy new clothes because I want to be elegant tonight.)
So when someone asks you: “Why do you study Spanish?”
(Why do you study Spanish?), you can answer in different ways:
For my work. (For my work.)
Because of the growth of the Latino market. (Due to the growth of the Latino market).
To be able to communicate with people who speak Spanish. (To be able to communicate with people who speak Spanish.)
To travel through South America. (To travel through South America).
Because I like. (Because I like.)
Because I want to get a better job. (Because I want to find a better job.)
This little lesson doesn’t cover every aspect of when to use BY, FOR, and BECAUSE, but it should give you a good start in understanding some important differences in when they are used. Be on the lookout for more lessons on WHY, FOR AND BECAUSE in the future.
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