Quick answer
"Look to" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "recurrir a", and "for" is a preposition which is often translated as "para". Learn more about the difference between "look to" and "for" below.
look to
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to rely on)
a. recurrir a
I used to look to my father for advice in situations like this, but since he died, I don't know what to do.Antes recurría a mi padre para pedir consejos en situaciones como esta, pero desde que murió, no sé qué hacer.
b. buscar
When Ellen is feeling sad, she looks to her favorite book of poetry for inspiration.Cuando Ellen se siente triste, busca su libro de poesía favorito para inspirarse.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Angel looks to his wife for comfort in his time of grief.Ángel se dirige a su esposa en busca de consuelo en su hora de aflicción.
I will always love you. You can always look to me for support.Siempre te amaré. Puedes recurrir a mí en busca de apoyo siempre.
2. (to attend to)
a. mirar por
He should look to solving his own problems before telling me what to do.Debería mirar por sus problemas antes de decirme qué hacer.
3. (to think of)
a. mirar hacia
Instead of being depressed after her divorce, Amanda chose to look to the future.En lugar de estar deprimida después de su divorcio, Amanda optó por mirar hacia el futuro.
4. (to hope)
a. esperar
The team is looking to win the championship this year.El equipo está esperando ganar el campeonato este año.
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for(
fawr
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A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (intended for)
a. para
This rack is for carrying your boat.Esta parrilla es para transportar tu barco.
2. (used to indicate purpose)
a. para
He gave me a trip to Mexico for my birthday.Me regaló un viaje a México para mi cumpleaños.
3. (used to indicate destination)
a. para
She got on a plane for Santiago.Se embarcó en un avión para Santiago.
4. (considering)
a. para
The hotel was fine for what it cost.El hotel estaba bien para el precio.
5. (in exchange for)
a. por
I don't work for peanuts.No trabajo por una miseria.
6. (used to indicate duration)
a. durante
I worked there for two years.Trabajé allí durante dos años.
b. por
I've been waiting for 15 minutes.He estado esperando por 15 minutos.
7. (before)
a. para
This has to be done for Friday.Esto tiene que estar terminado para el viernes.
8. (in favor of)
a. a favor de
Not many people would be for raising taxes.No hay mucha gente que estaría a favor de subir los impuestos.
9. (used to indicate distance)
a. por
We walked for ten miles.Caminamos por diez millas.
10. (used to introduce an infinitive clause)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
A lot of problems had to be solved for the machine to work.Se tuvieron que resolver muchos problemas para que funcionara la máquina.
It was time for me to leave.Ya era hora de irme.
11. (representing)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
The Y in YMCA stands for "young."La Y de YMCA es de "young".
What's French for "tree?"¿Cómo se dice "árbol" en francés?
12. (because of)
a. por
He's known for his bad temper.Es conocido por su mal humor.
13. (on behalf of)
a. para
He plays for Real Madrid.Juega para el Real Madrid.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Could you tell him for me?¿Podrías decírselo tú?
That's not for me to say.Yo no me meto en eso.
14. (in spite of)
a. a pesar de
For all the problems we faced, we finished the project on time.A pesar de todos los problemas a los que nos enfrentamos, acabamos el proyecto en el plazo previsto.
15. (on the occasion of)
a. para
We had fish for lunch.Comimos pescado para el almuerzo.
What are you doing for Christmas?¿Qué vas a hacer para Navidad?
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
16.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(because)
a. puesto que
They were hungry, for there was nothing to eat.Estaban hambrientos, puesto que no había nada que comer.
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