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World Book Day 2018: Purposes to Read

World Book DayOnce again, World Book Day was celebrated last Monday the 23rd. We could see squares in Spanish cities full of books, students reciting El Quijote at schools and many other activities related to literature. Cervantes’ and Shakespeare’s deaths are the link to join Spanish and English literature.

Despite everything that happened to Don Quixote because of reading with no control, enjoying a book is one of the most beneficial activity you can do. However, all of us know that we need motivation to start a project, and reading a book is actually a project.

Purposes to read

Motivations, purposes, objectives, goals… all of these concepts can be summed up in one word: finalidad. The idea of finalidad is clearly different from causa (cause) in Spanish. Las oraciones finales (clauses of purpose) express an action that is subsequent to the main verb. Because of that, the purposes are not facts at the moment they are transmitted. Therefore, they should be formed in subjunctive.

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That is a fixed rule, unless the subject of both verbs is the same. Then, you should use an infinitive without que: estudio español para visitar España y vivir una experiencia más profunda.

Today, we are going to learn some purposes to read using clauses of purpose.

Para que mejores tu memoria

Reading a book will force you to use your memory, remembering information, characters and events that happened in previous chapters. If you have a good memory, don’t forget para (que), that is maybe the most used linking word to express purposes. By the way, don’t mix up para and por,

Ve a una biblioteca a reducir tu estrés

If you focus your attention on the story in the book you are reading, you will forget the cause of your anxiety for a while and you will be calmer to face your problems again. Don’t be anxious if you can’t see the expression of purpose on the sentence above. A (que) can be used along with verbs of movement (ir, venir, viajar, subir, bajar…).

Lee por la noche con el fin de dormir bien.

As a result of the previous explanation, reading before sleeping can make you be more relaxed and ready for a restorative night. Con el fin / objeto / propósito / la finalidad + de (que) are used in a formal register. Other similar conjunctions are: con vistas a (que), con ánimo de (que), a fin de (que), a efectos de (que), con miras a (que)…

Tienes que leer, no vaya a ser que te llamen ignorante

The acquisition of new vocabulary, the improvement of your general knowledge or the increase of your conversation topics are enough reasons to start today. No vaya a ser que / no sea que express the purpose of the action with fear, as if it were a threat. They always need the subjunctive, regardless of the subject.

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By | 2018-04-24T19:10:26+00:00 abril 25th, 2018|Actualidad, Pocket Grammar|Sin comentarios

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I was born in Badajoz (Extremadura) and I currently live in Bilbao (Basque Country). I studied a Bachelor degree in Spanish Language and Literature and an International House degree as a qualified teacher of Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. I think languages are the key that opens the doors to new cultures and I love teaching mine.

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