Quick answer
"For you" is a phrase which is often translated as "para ti", and "to" is a preposition which is often translated as "a". Learn more about the difference between "for you" and "to" below.
for you(
fawr
 
yu
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (intended for you; used to address one person)
a. para ti
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
These roses are for you.Estas rosas son para ti.
b. para usted
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(singular)
I reserved this table for you, Mrs. Briggs.Le reservé esta mesa para usted, Señora Briggs.
2. (in your place; used to address multiple people)
a. por ti
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
If I work for you tomorrow, will you take my shift on Saturday?Si trabajo por ti mañana, ¿tomarías mi turno el sábado?
b. por usted
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(singular)
For you, we can make an exception as you're one of our best customers.Por usted podemos hacer una excepción ya que es uno de nuestros mejores clientes.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Don't you have anyone who can do that for you?¿No tiene alguien que se lo pueda hacer?
I'll take care of that for you, madam.Yo me encargo, señora.
3. (intended for you; used to address multiple people)
a. para ustedes (plural)
Someone left these packages here for you.Alguien dejó estos paquetes aquí para ustedes.
4. (in your place; used to address multiple people)
a. por ustedes (plural)
If we may, we'd be very pleased to do it for you.Si nos permiten, nos agradaría hacerlo por ustedes.
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to(
tu
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (used to indicate direction)
a. a
I'm going to your house.Voy a tu casa.
b. hacia
She walked to the woods.Caminó hacia el bosque.
2. (as far as)
a. hasta
I would run to your house right now just to see you!¡Correría hasta tu casa ahora mismo solo para verte!
3. (in order to)
a. a
I just came to say hello.Solo vine a saludar.
4. (used to indicate belonging)
a. de
All of those books belonged to my grandfather.Todos estos libros eran de mi abuelo.
5. (used to tell the time)
a. menos
It is a quarter to six.Son las seis menos cuarto.
6. (used to indicate proportion or range)
a. por
The birth ratio is 107 boys to 100 girls.La proporción de nacimientos es de 107 niños por 100 niñas.
7. (in comparisons)
a. a
Variable A is greater or equal to variable B.La variable A es mayor o igual a la variable B.
8. (resulting in)
a. para
To my surprise, he did not recognize me.Para mi sorpresa, él no me reconoció.
9. (in toasts)
a. por
Here's to the birthday girl! Cheers!¡Por la cumpleañera! ¡Salud!
10. (used to indicate position)
a. a
Turn to the left to exit.Gira a la izquierda para salir.
11. (infinitive particle)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I learned to drive when I was 17.Aprendí a manejar a los 17 años.
We need to work faster.Tenemos que trabajar más rápido.
12. (used in place of a verb)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I didn't want to tell you but I felt I had to.No quería decírtelo pero me vi obligada a hacerlo.
It's my party and I'll cry if I want to.Es mi fiesta y lloraré si quiero.
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