Por favor vs. Porfavor
por favor = please
porfavor = Incorrect! There is always a space between these two words.
It looks like you may have gotten confused because another set of Spanish words that uses por can be written with or without a space:
- por qué = why
- porque = because
The presence or absence of a space between the words por and qué and the addition or subtraction of an accent on the -e changes the meaning of this tricky pair.
Remember: por favor is always written as two separate words.
When to use por favor
The phrase por favor means please and is often used when asking for or requesting something. You’ll hear and say this word often, whether you’re ordering a meal at a restaurant or asking for help or directions, so it’s an important one to know!
Let’s take a look at how you can use por favor in an everyday situation.
Did you notice how the tourist replied when the local gave her directions to the bank? She said muchas gracias, which means thank you very much. The local then replied de nada, or you’re welcome. These common Spanish phrases will help you sound polite when asking and thanking, so it’s a good idea to learn them!