I have heard the following sentence in the Narcos TV series (which takes place in Colombia):

Ha sido juzgado y condenado del tráfico de cocaína en Colombia.

Is this identical in meaning to "Ha sido juzgado y condenado por (el) tráfico de cocaína" ? Are both equally usual?

My question comes from the fact that in Portuguese we'd only use the preposition "por" in this context.

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To be honest at least in my country (Argentina) I think that we would use the expression you write "juzgado y condenado por el ...". But my thoughts are that "...del..." in this case is trying to state the same meaning as "...por...", and that is = because you did something, this is happening. So maybe it has to do more with a nuance of different uses regarding the way of speaking of each country.

  • Plus, pronouns can be so squishy.... Thanks for the answer, and welcome to the site, Owen98. Commented Dec 14, 2019 at 21:54
  • @aparente001 what has this question to do with pronouns? May you meant "prepositions" instead? Commented Dec 15, 2019 at 17:56
  • @AlanEvangelista - Yes, good catch, sorry. They both start with PR. Also, if you've been watching Meta.SE lately, you'll know that many of us have pronouns on the brain. Commented Dec 16, 2019 at 2:27

In English, there is a slight difference in meaning between "convicted of" and "convicted for". Consider the following two sentences,

He was convicted of speeding


He was convicted for speeding

In the first case, speeding identifies the law he broke. In the second case, speeding specifies what act he committed. This distinction may also be operating in Spanish.

  • Given that you break the law by committing an illegal action, I am unable to see the difference between both. Commented Dec 15, 2019 at 16:54
  • @alan - It's a subtle distinction, but I agree with Walter regarding the difference in English (which I know better than Spanish). Commented Dec 16, 2019 at 19:49

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