Using por (and not para) to express distribution or sharing

We use the preposition por (not para) to express sharing or distribution. Read and listen to these examples:

El viaje a Japón costaría 2000 libras por pareja.
The trip to Japan would cost 2000 pounds per couple.

Hay una golosina por niño.
There is one lollipop for each child.

Solía haber dos diccionarios por clase.
There used to be two dictionaries per class.

Por in this context is translated as per/ each/ for each.

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El viaje a Japón costaría 2000 libras por pareja.
The trip to Japan would cost 2000 pounds per couple.


Hay una golosina por niño.
There is one lollipop for each child.


Solía haber dos diccionarios por clase.
There used to be two dictionaries per class.


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