27 Ways to Use the Verb Fare in Italian

Common idioms, phrases, and proverbs using the verb “fare”

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The verb “fare” is one of the most diverse verbs in Italian. You can use it to ask how the weather is and to talk about an upcoming trip you’re taking. You can use it to tell someone you’re going on a walk and that you’re waiting in line. In short, you can express yourself in a lot of ways using the verb “fare.”

 

 

Since the verb “fare” is derived from facere, a Latin verb of the second conjugation, it’s considered an irregular second conjugation verb.

It doesn’t follow the regular pattern of conjugation (infinitive stem + endings).

 

How to Conjugate “Fare”

Fare (to do, to make) is conjugated in the present tense as follows:

 

io faccio

noi facciamo

tu fai

voi fate

lui, lei, Lei fa

loro, Loro fanno

Fare also has an irregular past participle: fatto.

 

Ways to Use the Verb “Fare”

IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS USING FARE

fare i compiti

to do one's homework

fare il biglietto

to purchase a ticket

fare la fila / la coda

stand on line / wait on line

fare la spesa

to go grocery shopping

fare le spese

to go shopping

fare forca

to play hookey

fare vedere

to show someone something

fare una domanda

to ask a question

fare una fotografia

to take a picture

fare una passeggiata

to take a walk

fare colazione

to have breakfast

fare un viaggio

to take a trip

fare un capello in quattro

to split hairs

farsi la barba

to shave

farsi coraggio

to take heart

fare castelli in aria

to daydream

fare fingere

to pretend, make believe

fare male

to be painful, to ache

farsi in là

to step to one side

fare di tutto

to do everything possible

fare del proprio meglio

to do one's best

farsi degli amici

to make friends

fare alla romana

to split the check

fare il pieno

to fill up the gas tank

fare passare

to let through

 

 

The Weather—Il Tempo

The verb “fare” is used in many expressions relating to the weather.

  • Che tempo fa? - How is the weather?

  • Fa bel tempo. - The weather is nice.

  • Fa cattivo tempo. - The weather is bad.

  • Ha fatto caldo. - It has been warm.

  • Qui fa sempre freddo. - It's always cold here.

  • In primavera fa sempre fresco. - In spring, it's always cool.

    Note!: In the preceding examples, it is an impersonal subject and is not translated into Italian.

     

    The verb “fare” expresses the basic idea of doing or making, as in “fare gli esercizi - to do exercises” and “fare il letto - to make the bed,” but is is also used in many idioms.

     

     

    Proverbs with “Fare”

    Besides idiomatic expressions, the verb “fare”  is used in a number of proverbs.

    • Fare e disfare è tutt'un lavorare.—It's all go, it's a hard life.

    • Chi la fa l'aspetti.—You will get as good as you gave.

    • Chi fa da sé fa per tre.—If you want something done, do it yourself.

    • Non fare agli altri ciò che non vorresti fosse fatto a te.—Do as you would be done by.

    • Tutto fa brodo.—Every little bit helps.

    • Chi non sa fare, non sa comandare. —A bad worker is a bad master.

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