- Using "para"
a) When it is used as "for", it is talking about giving things to someone:
El regalo es para ti. = The present is for you. (Use "ti" not "tú")
El libro es para mí. = The book is for me. (Use "mí" not "yo"
b) When it is used as "in order to",, it is followed by an infinitive verb (not conjugated), just like it would in an English sentence.
Para sacar una buena nota, tienes que estudiar. = In order to get a '
good grade, you have to study.
- Using the verb "costar":
Remember that when you are using the verb "costar" you only use the 3rd person forms. You use "cuesta" if you are talking about the price of one thing, and you use "cuestan" if you are talking about the price of more than one thing.
El anillo cuesta cien dolares. = The ring costs $100.
Los zapatos cuestan cien dolares. = The shoes cost $100.
Make sure that you review your numbers up to and over a hundred.After one hundred, "cien" changes to "ciento".
100 = cien
101 = ciento uno
- Department store sections
If you are talking about specific sections of a store, you would use "al" or "del", depending if you are going to the department, or coming from it:
Las botas son del departamento de zapatos. =Tthe boots are from the
Yo voy al departamento de ropa. = I am going to the clothing department.