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I'm a bit confused about the differences in use of diferente and otro/otra. For example, I want to say "I'm a programmer like Javier, but I work for a different company." Would that be

  • Soy un programador como Javier, pero trabajo por una empresa diferente.
  • Soy un programador como Javier, pero trabajo por una otra empresa.

or something else entirely? And why so? When is which word used?

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Note that you work para una empresa, not por una empresa. –  Flimzy Jul 19 at 0:41
    
@Flimzy Yes, that was noted in the answer. I find those two confusing... Luckily there's a question and a great answer on that very topic already. –  blalasaadri Jul 19 at 5:11
    
Indeed, por vs. para is confusing for most people learning Spanish from English. :) –  Flimzy Jul 19 at 16:29

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Both ways are completely correct and can be used the same way to express what you meant in English. In other words: there are synonyms.

Maybe you can understand it better with this translation into English:

...pero trabajo para otra empresa --> but I work for another company.

However, be careful because you made a different mistake: As you can see above the correct wording would be:
"para otra" instead of "por una otra".

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Ah, para and por... Those two confuse me too, yes. But luckily there's already a question on that, I'll just have to read the answer again. :-D –  blalasaadri Jul 17 at 10:40
    
So, it could be "...para una empresa diferente" or "...para otra empresa", is that correct? –  blalasaadri Jul 17 at 10:42
    
@blalasaadri Correct. It can be used both ways with the same meaning. –  SysDragon Jul 17 at 10:43
    
Great, thanks. :-) –  blalasaadri Jul 17 at 10:44

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