Category: Prepositions

Prepositions with their own meaning

Prepositions with their own meaning   There are prepositions with their own meaning, others with meaning from the context, and others, without any meaning. Some prepositions have their own inherent meaning .   For example (Por ejemplo): sin: indicates company denied, lack, lack, and so on. bajo: designate an inferior, submissive, and so on. sobre: means ‘above’, ‘about’, approach, and so on. atrás: refers to a place or space after ante: means ‘before’, “Regarding” to the situation. But often, the same preposition gives different meanings, we deduce from the…

Definition and Characteristics

Spanish Prepositions Prepositions constitute kind of closed word. The Spanish prepositions are:  are a closed word class. The Spanish prepositions are: a, ante, bajo, con, contra, de, desde,  en, entre, hacia, hasta,  para, por, según, sin, sobre , tras, durante y mediante.   Characteristics The words are unstressed. (Except “según”) These words are unchanged (not have endings) They can never act with syntactic autonomy   Functions Its function is to associate words with syntactic autonomy to liaise between them. The relation established is always subordinate…

Spanish preposition “Por”

Spanish preposition “Por” Definition Like a balancing scale, “por” is the great equalizer. You can often feel the equality on either side of por. We trade things because they are perceived to be of equal value. When we say how long something lasts, we are equating the action with a certain amount of time. When we substitute one person or thing for another, we consider the two to have equal…

Spanish preposition “Para”

Spanish preposition “Para” Like an arrow, para moves the sentence forward, away from its original location to a specific destination, and usually in a direct, straight route. This leads us straight to our delineation of para. Definition Generally Para= For (not always; depends on the use) The preposition Para expresses purpose, destination, comparison, end of period, comparison, contrast: Ejemplos: Esta herramienta no sirve para nada. (This tool is no longer good for…

Spanish preposition “Mediante y Durante”

Spanish preposition “Mediante y Durante” Spanish preposition “Durante” The Spanish preposition “Durante” means durinng, with a timeframe or event following. Let’s see some examples where you can use the Spanish preposition “Durante”. Durante la manana/tarde/noche…. During the morning, afternoon, night Durante su vida………During his life Durante la guerra……….During the war Durante el ano ……………During the year Durante la dictadura….….During the dictatorship The paradigm of prepositions are also the words in and through, from participles in the present. Their inclusion in the group of…

Spanish preposition “Hasta”

Spanish preposition “Hasta” Definition HASTA= up to, until – when referring to WHERE or WHEN. The preposition “Hasta” indicates a termination point of th action of a verb indicating the place or time: La pareja estará unida hasta la muerte. (The couple will be united until death do them part) No pares hasta que llegues a la cima. (Do not stop until you reach the top) Ella tiene arena hasta abajo de las unas. (She has sand even under the nails) Continua estudiando hasta…

Spanish preposition “Hacia”

Spanish preposition “Hacia” Generally “Hacia” = TO The Spanish preposition “Hacia” indicates direction of movement, or a tendency either physical or subjective. Los ladrones huyeron hacia la Avenida. (the robbers scaped to the avenue) Elena siente una gran inclinación hacia la música. (Elena feels a great inclination to the music) La casa está orientada hacia la salida del sol. ( The house is oriented to the sun light) Serviremos la…

Spanish preposition “Excepto”

Spanish preposition “Excepto” Definition Excepto in English mean Except. This Spanish preposition is very easy because  it doesn’t  have many meanings. Uses of the Spanish preposition “Excepto”: Exception: Van a ir todos a la fiesta, excepto yo. (Everybody is going to the party except myself) excepción: Iremos todos excepto José, él es un mentiroso  

Spanish preposition “Entre”

Spanish preposition “Entre” Definition Entre = between The preposition “Entre” expresses a brokerge or alternativity. It can be a place or time options. Examples (Ejemplos) Entre San Juan y Mendoza (Between San Juan and Mendoza) Miguel se sentó entre Lucia y Milena. (Miguel sat between Lucia and Milena) Tenes que elegir entre continuar tus estudios o encontrar una ocupación rentable. (You must choose between continuing your studies or find a profitable occupatio) Hay una extraordinaria armonía entre los estudiantes.( There is great harmony between classmates) Llegue a Florida…

Spanish preposition “En”

Spanish preposition “En” The Spanish preposition “En” involves reference time, place, mode and instrumentality: Esas ropas las guardo en mi casa. (These clothes I keep in my house) El castillo fue construído en el año 1920. (The castle was built in 1920) No hay mejor soledad que la soledad de dos en compañía. (There is no greater loneliness than the loneliness of two in company) Los jugadores viajarán en avión. (Players will travel by plane.) El hierro se machaca en…