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[*] posted on 6-27-2018 at 01:23 PM

Quote: Originally posted by gsbotanico  
Then there are certain verbs that are always associated with certain prepositions either as a simple prepositional phrase or subordinate clause beginning with, for example, "de que" or "con que."

There's a great little book called "1001 Pitfalls in Spanish" that is a wonderful tool for the intermediate and advanced learners. It's organized so that the reader can pick and choose which sections to read. It has a good section on the difference between "para" and "por."

Many expressions are like that, - need to memorize as a block and use without analyzing.

There is no single textbook that would explain all the areas of grammar and vocabulary perfectly well. Not to mention live classes, where both the so-so skills of teacher and different level of other students will get in the way. I remember having difficulties with numbers at the beginner's level, until found and printed out a small table from BBC Languages. For Por/Para I found that audio podcasts Coffee Break Spanish (free on Itunes) and video podcasts by worked for me. Download to your computer or smartphone and re-play when you feel like. Coffee Break Spanish have lessons from #1 to #80-something, and SpanishDict go from #1.1 to #15.12, I think.

Practice, practice and practice - tedious, but there is no other way. You may learn many real-life expressions and still will barely speak, and will not understand anything they are saying unless they dumb it down to level of a 6-year old child.
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