Por vs. Para - 2  

Resources Spanish 101 Por vs Para 2
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Por and para both mean for.
However, they are not interchangeable.

     Use para to show use:
Aquí hay un lápiz de color para colorear.
      Here is a colored pencil for coloring.

     Use para for specific time:
Sólo para el año nuevo.
      Only for New Years Eve.

     Use para to say being:
Es muy caro para un anillo.
      It is very expensive for a ring.

     Use por for a place or an area:
Está por el barrio.
      It's for (around) the neighborhood.

     Use por to express per:
Puede tener una hora por día como máximo.
      You can have one hour for (per) day
      maximum.

     Use por to express passive voice:
El taxi es conducido por Juan.
      The taxi is driven by Juan.


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