The Grammar Page

Grammar Basics



Spanish 101A

Spanish 101B

FAQs & About drlemonĀ©®

Email me!

Creative Commons License by Deborah R. Lemon is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at

Remember that in general, Para is used to when indicating Destinations, whether they are physical, mental, time or emotional goals.

Here are some examples:

1. Physical destination

  • Voy para la puerta. I'm going to the door.

    Viajo para España. I'm travelling to Spain.

2. Goal, Proposition

  • Voy a La Argentina para estudiar español.
    I'm going to Argentina to [in order to] study Spanish.

Use of things (end use goal)

  • Es para medir drogas. It's for measuring drugs.
  • No sirve para nada. It's not useful for anything.

3. Time Limit or date of an action - deadline (Time Goal)

  • Tiene que salir para el tres de agosto. You must leave by August 3rd.

    Vamos a terminar la clase para las once. We're going to finish class by 11:00.

    Necesito el informe para miércoles. I need the report by Wednesday.

4. Indicate an opinion (internal goal)

  • Para mí, El Matrix es una película fabulosa.
    For me (in my opinion), The Matrix is a great film.

    Para ella, Leonardo DiCaprio es muy guapo. For her [in her opinion], Leonardo DiCaprio is very handsome.

Indicate a comparison (internal goal)

  • Para un jóven, él es buen mecánico. For such a young guy, he's a good mechanic.

  • Para un canadiense, habla bien el español. For a Canadian, he speaks Spanish well.

5. Recipient:

  • El regalo es para ellas. The present is for them.

Recipient destination of my hard work: To be employed by Someone

  • Trabajo para UNC-Chapel Hill. I work for UNC-Chapel Hill.

    Laura trabaja para la policía. Laura works for the police.

    Mi esposo trabaja para IBM. My husband works for IBM.