Fare (to make / do). Conjugation, using

Fare (to make / do). Conjugation, using

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You are following our Italian grammar for beginners course, and today we are discussing the verb fare.

The verb "fare" is an irregular and a very versatile and commonly used verb, which translates to "to do" or "to make". We can use the verb in its literal meaning, but we also use it in many idiomatic phrases. Let's see now how to conjugate the verb “fare”. Also we will show some examples how they use this verb in idiomatic expressions.


Below is the conjugation of the verb fare in the Present Tense:

Subject Fare (It.) To do / make (En.)
Io faccio I do / make
Tu fai You do / make
Lui / Lei fa He/She/It does / makes
Noi facciamo We do / make
Voi fate You do / make
Loro fanno They do / make

Expressing Actions and Activities

The verb "fare" can describe general actions or activities.
For example:
Faccio sport (I do sport);
Facciamo una passeggiata (We walk / take a walk).

Talking about Weather Conditions

The verb fare describes weather conditions. In Italian, the phrase "fa" + adjective is used for weather expressions.
For example:
Fa caldo (It's hot);
Fa freddo (It's cold);
Fa bel tempo (The weather is nice).

Making or Preparing Something

Use the verb "fare" when you are making or preparing something.
For example:
Faccio il caffè (I make coffee);
Fai la spesa (You do the grocery shopping);
Facciamo una torta (We make a cake).

Talking about Time and Duration

The verb "fare" can describe time and duration as in the following expressions:
Faccio un'ora di palestra al giorno (I do one hour of gym per day);
Fanno dieci anni che siamo amici (We have been friends for ten years).

Expressing Actions in the Future

In certain contexts, "fare" is used to express future actions.
For example:
Domani farò le pulizie (Tomorrow, I will do the cleaning);
Farò una vacanza al mare (I will go on a vacation at the seaside).

Idiomatic Expressions

"Fare" appears in many idiomatic expressions as below:
Fare attenzione (to pay attention);
Fare una passeggiata (to walk / take a walk);
Fare una telefonata (to call / make a phone call);
Fare una domanda (to ask a question).


Now let's recap.
In this lesson you learned the verb "fare" with examples. Practice using fare in different contexts and tenses to improve your Italian language skills. Pay attention to the new words and phrases you came across in the lesson:
Sport (sport)
Passeggiata (walking)
Tempo (time)
Caffè (coffee)
Spesa (expense)
Torta (cake)
Palestra (gym)
Giorno (day)
Dieci (ten)
Amici (friends)
Pulizie (cleaning)
Vacanza (vacation)
Mare (sea)
Attenzione (attention)
Telefonata (phone call)
Domanda (request)
Don't forget to repeat previous lessons and try to remember the new words from this lesson. We are waiting for you in the next lesson where we will discuss about the Present Tense of verbs in Italian. Good luck!