ASK A QUESTION What does ¿Para que......? mean?
"¿Para qué estudias en la universidad?" This is confusing for me. What does it mean - what are you studying? for what reason are you studying? for what purpose? why? Thanks
"Para qué" means "for what"
"Para que" means "so that"
No entiendo para qué estudias en la universidad/I don't understand what you're studying for in college.
Estoy estudiando en la universidad para que mi familia tenga un buen futuro/I'm studying in college so that my family can have a good future.
Many times when we ask "¿Para qué .........?" we are voicing disaproval of something that the listener is doing, similar to saying "What´s the use?"
Think about it literrally: Para = for, qué = what. This is more specific than ¿Por qué?
I find that when I see "para" if I translate it as , " in order to "
then I am usually right , but not always , and it is the "not always"
that troubles me.
My understanding is that:
"¿por qué?" means "why?" (for what reason)
"para qué" means "why?" (for what purpose)