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Coincido con los comentarios generados en la pregunta. Normalmente, cuando usted escucha referirse a "por" un autor se refiere al libro "escrito por" un autor: La novela La Regenta, escrita por L. A. Clarín, es de finales del siglo XIX. "Por" indica el agente de la acción en construcciones pasivas, y no se limita a libros, sino que también se usa con ...


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I believe it's better to, and more understandable to a beginner/intermediate speaker, to combine the de with antes -- antes de. Before running, I stretch. Antes de correr me estiro. If you wanted append this to a clause or something like that, then you could get fancy and use antes de que.. before [conjugated verb here] Before I run, I ...


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I think that deeper, more profound answers require one to appeal to Linguistics. So I Googled "semantics of spanish prepositions" which revealed the following that should assist: Huerta, Beth Lynn (2009). The semantics of the spanish prepositions en, a, and de: A cognitive approach (Order No. 3372152). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses ...


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Causation lies in the past/present and purpose in the future (the preposition para literally came out of por a1 and the preposition a added the destination-y connotation). So let's take some of your examples and reduce them to minimal pairs and compare: ¿Por qué estudias español? ¿Para qué estudias español? In the first, I want to know why, that is, ...



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