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Uses of preposition PARA - Part II



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This week we continue talking about the uses of the preposition para. The following are the last three uses of this preposition.

5.- To be used for/by - use the preposition para to describe the use or utility of something, or that something is destined to be used by somebody.

Es un hotel para turistas.
It is a hotel for tourists.

Estoy guardando esas galletas para que se las coma tu primito cuando venga. I'm keeping those cookies for your little cousin so he can eat them when he comes.

Una lavadora se usa para lavar ropa.
A washer is to be used to wash clothes.

Sólo el 40% de las células solares se usan para conseguir energía solar. Only 40% of solar cells are used for solar electricity.

El ayuntamiento ha instalado cámaras de seguridad en las calles para ser usadas en caso de emergencia. The city hall has installed security cameras on the streets to be used in case of emergency.

6.- In order to, for the purpose of - use the preposition para when somebody does something with a final target, or somebody does something for a reason.

Trabajo para ganar dinero.
He works in order to get money.

Iremos al supermercado para comprar comida para la fiesta.
We'll go to the supermarket in order to get food for the party.

Estudié para aprobar el examen.
I studied for the purpose of passing the exam.

Necesito gafas para ver de lejos.
I need glasses to see far distances.

Debí enviar el paquete por correo urgente para que llegara más rápido.
I should have sent the package through urgent service in order to get to its destination faster.

Para cocinar una buena paella, hay que medir bien el tiempo de cocción.
In order to cook a good paella, one should mesure well the cooking time.

7.- In the direction of - use the preposition para to talk about the destination of somebody or something.

Salimos para Acapulco.
We left to Acapulco.

La semana que viene voy para Europa.
Next week, I'm going to Europe.

Maria va para casa de su madre.
Maria is going to her mom's house.

Estamos yendo para el bar. Llámame cuando llegues.
We're going to the bar. Call me whe you get here.

Voy de camino para allá.
I'm on my way there.