Created using FigmaCreated using Figma

Using ser (not estar) with the preposition para, to indicate a purpose

In Spanish we use verb ser followed by the preposition para to indicate a purpose. Have a look and listen to these examples:

Este aparato es para medir la velocidad.
This gadget is for measuring speed.

El microondas es para recalentar comida.
The microwave is for reheating food.

Las sillas son para sentarse.
The chairs are for sitting on.

Para is also used with other verbs to indicate a purpose.
See also: Using para (and not por) for purpose, goal or objective

Learn more about these related Spanish grammar topics

Examples and resources

Este aparato es para medir la velocidad.
This gadget is for measuring speed.


El microondas es para recalentar comida.
The microwave is for reheating food.


Las sillas son para sentarse.
The chairs are for sitting on.


Micro kwiz: Using ser (not estar) with the preposition para, to indicate a purpose
Loading your Kwiz

Q&A

Be the first to ask a question!

Find your Spanish level for FREE

Test your Spanish to the CEFR standard

find your Spanish level
How has your day been?