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Por or Para with quien?

William

Kwiziq community member

27 December 2017

3 replies

Por or Para with quien?

Slightly confused here. The text suggests "para" but the answer says "por"

This relates to:
Asking questions about people with preposition + quién -

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

28 December 2017

28/12/17

Hola William
Are you referring to this specific question from the test?
¿___ arriesgarías tu vida? (Who would you risk your life for?)
Correct answer: "¿Por quién.....?
Inma

William

Kwiziq community member

28 December 2017

28/12/17

Yes, I was referring to this specific question. Can you give advice on when to use "Para" and when to use "por" with "quien"?
Thanks in anticipation.

Alan

Kwiziq community member

8 June 2018

8/06/18

Sorry this reply is six months late, but I hope it still helps!


From what I've seen and read, "para quién" seems to be used when some material object is to be given to someone. E.g. ¿Para quién has comprado esas flores?  Or ¿Para quién es el café con leche? 


Whereas if this is not the case, and "for" really means "for the sake of" or "on behalf of", then "por quién" is used. E.g. ¿Por quién harías una locura? Or "¿Por quién arriesgarías tu vida?


Hope this is not misleading.


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