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"Usted" is a pronoun which is often translated as "you", and "para" is a preposition which is often translated as "for". Learn more about the difference between "usted" and "para" below.
usted(
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tehd
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A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(second person singular)
a. you
¿Me permite usted que le sujete la puerta?May I hold the door for you?
ustedes
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
2. (second person plural)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. you
¿Ustedes van a venir a la boda también?Are you coming to the wedding as well?
3.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(second person plural)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. you
Ustedes pueden dejar sus chaquetas en el vestuario y seguirme al comedor.You may leave your jackets in the coatroom and follow me to the dining room.
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para(
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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. (used to express intention or design)
a. for
Lo hice para ti.I did it for you.
Estas vitaminas son para niños.These vitamins are for children.
2. (used to express purpose)
a. for (used before a gerund)
Lo quiero para cocinar la pasta.I want it for cooking the pasta.
b. in order to (used before an infinitive)
Para ser salvavidas, tienes que saber nadar muy bien.In order to be a lifeguard, you have to know how to swim really well.
c. to (used before base form)
¿Para qué quieres el dinero? Lo quiero para aprender a cantar.What do you want the money for? I want it to learn to sing.
3. (used to express direction)
a. for
Salimos mañana para Londres.We are leaving for London tomorrow.
b. to
¿Para dónde se dirige ese tren?Where is that train going to?
4. (used to express time)
a. for
Tengo que encontrar un compañero de apartamento para el mes que viene.I need to find a roommate for next month.
b. by
Tenemos que entregar el trabajo para fin de mes.We have to hand the work in by the end of the month.
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