If you study Spanish, you have surely found the preposition por in the texts you read. It can be a preposition of cause (meaning “because of”), place (meaning “by” or “through”), time (meaning “for”), or instrument (meaning “by”). It is even used to multiply (it is placed between the numbers that are multiplied). However, many students do not realize how useful this preposition is. Do you know how many Spanish expressions with por are?
The preposition por takes part in many Spanish expressions that we use every day. We use them to thank someone, to curse, to ask, to compare, to show relief… Below you can find a table with many useful Spanish expressions with por . All of them come with their translation in English, and we can assure you that they come in incredibly handy. Add them to your vocabulary and you will sound like a Spaniard!
|¡Por Dios!||Oh, my God! (For God’s sake!)|
|¡por fin!||at last!|
|por lo menos||at least|
|2 veces por semana||2 times per week|
|por casualidad||by chance|
|por escrito||in writing|
|por una parte||on the one hand|
|por otra parte||on the other hand|
|por supuesto||of course|
|por lo visto||apparently|
|por mí||as far as I am concerned|
|por malo que sea…||however bad it is…|
|10 euros por barba||10 euros per head|
|me echaron por el desvío||they led me up the garden path|
|por eso…..||for this reason….|
|aprobó el examen por los pelos||he only just passed the exam|
|por lo que he oido||judging by what I’ve heard|
|¿por qué lloras?||Why are you crying?
Note: por qué (2 words) is “why” but porque (1 word) is because
|por si acaso||just in case|
|por lo tanto||therefore|
|por mucho que me ofrecieras, no lo haría||I wouldn’t do it, however much you offered|
|perdón por llegar tarde, me quedé dormido||sorry for arriving late, I overslept|
Next time you write an essay for your Spanish classes in Madrid, or when you start a conversation with a Spaniard, use one of these Spanish expressions with por . They are supereasy to retain and you can use them daily.