There might have been a similarly question already asked but recently when I was on Duolingo, there was this sentence

Go to the market to buy broccoli with your daughter.

This was translated as

Vaya al mercado a comprar brócoli con su hija.

But I though para is used for purpose so shouldn't it be

Vaya al mercado para comprar brócoli con su hija.

Please, give me examples of when to use the 2

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The verbs "ir" and "venir" are usually used with "a"-adjuncts to indicate purpose. I'd even say that "a"-adjuncts are more usual in colloquial language than "para"-adjuncts with those two verbs.

  • Fui al mercado a comprar brócoli / Fui al mercado para comprar brócoli. (I went to the market to buy broccoli.)

  • Vine a la iglesia a rezar / Vine a la iglesia para rezar. (I came to the church to pray.)

We can even place the purpose adjunct before the one indicating place, in which case "para" will not work:

  • Fui a comprar brócoli al mercado.

  • Vine a rezar a la iglesia.

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