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How do you know when to use "por" versus "para"? Especially when saying "for me/you/him, etc".

MIT 21F Spanish I - IV (OCW)
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I don't know exactly how to explain it but if you write it out Por mi Por ti Por el Para mi Para ti Para el Para is basically saying "For me, for you, for him." But when I use por a lot of the time it say "By me, by you, by him." Sorry I can't offer much of a "formal" help. But I do speak fluent Spanish.
Why is it "un regalo para ti", but "no llores por mi"?
Because when we say "un regalo para ti," it means that the gift itself is for you. It doesn't imply that anything is BEING DONE for anyone. There's no action involved. But when we talk about the word "for," under the circumstance of actually DOING something for someone, we use "por." "No llores por mi" means "Don't cry for me." Because to cry for someone else follows the notion that you are actually doing something, for them.

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