In all the examples above we can see who/what benefits from the action of the verb: mi hija, tu padre, los gatos, la iglesia.
Using para (not por) to express the recipient of an action
para (not por) in Spanish is to indicate the recipient of the action in the sentence. In other words, it expresses who/what benefits from the action. Have a look and listen to these examples:One use of the preposition
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- Using Soy de [city/country] to say where you are from
- Using vivo en + [city/country/region] to say where you live
- Asking questions about people with preposition + quién
- Using desde (hace) with El Presente instead of El Pretérito Perfecto to express since/for
- Using por (not para) to express the originating cause or reason